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  • Writer's picturePenelope Kenny

New Employment law: 5 things to note

The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 was signed into law on the 20 December 2018. The Act  includes a requirement that employers provide employees with certain terms of employment within a certain period after commencing employment.

Within 5 days of starting employment obliges employers to notify employees in writing of 5 core terms of employment:

      a. names of employer and employee; 

      b. address of employer; 

    c. expected duration of temporary employment or the end date of a fixed-term contract; 

      d. the method of calculating pay and pay reference period for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage Act 2000; and 

      e. the number of hours which the employer “reasonably expects” the employee to work:  i. per normal working day; and ii. per normal working week.

The Act also

» prohibits the use of zero hour contracts, (limited circumstances); 

» provides for the provision of minimum payments in relation to low-paid employees who are required to be available to work but are not called into work; 

» creates a new entitlement to banded hour contracts; 

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