• Penelope 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; 


Reference materials:

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2018/act/38/enacted/en/html

https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/bills/bill/2017/147/


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