All employers should be
familiar with a number of basic provisions under Irish employment law.
As an employer, it is your
responsibility to ensure all your employees receive certain basic employment
rights. Although some industries require employers to meet different
requirements, the main obligations include:
- A written statement of terms and
conditions of employment.
- A written statement of pay or
- A minimum wage.
- A maximum working week.
- Unpaid breaks during working
- Annual leave from work.
- A minimum amount of notice before
termination of employment.
- The maintenance of
records in relation to your employees and their entitlements.
The establishment of
certain policies and procedures, such as discipline and grievance and dignity
at work (including bullying and harassment) policies, is considered necessary.
While the establishment of others, such as data protection and absence
policies, is considered best practice.
Please note that there are
a range of other matters which must also be considered including tax and social
welfare, employee pension schemes, equality, data protection and health and
National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) was established by the Government
in February 2007.NERA aims to secure compliance with employment rights
legislation and to foster a culture of compliance in Ireland through Information, Inspection, Enforcement, Prosecution and Protection of Young Persons.
NERA Inspectors have the following
- To enter any premises at a
- To demand sight of records.
- To inspect records.
- To take copies of records.
- To interview and require
information from any relevant person.
If you need advice/
assistance with any of the above please contact Mary Blyth of this office.