Businesses must be aware of their obligations to employees under Irish Law which are summarised as follows:

  • The right to a written contract of employment
  • Hours of work and rest periods must be in accordance with Regulations as well as the maximum working week.
  • The right to be paid a minimum wage, under the Minimum Wage Act
  • The right to a regulated amount of annual leave
  • The right to be treated equally to other workers irrespective of age, gender, nationality, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or community.
  • The right to form or join a Union
  • The right to a safe working environment with proper access for persons with disabilities
  • The right to work without being subjected to inappropriate behaviour from management or other workers or being the subject of bullying, harassment or victimisation.
  • The protection of young people under the age of 18 in Employment
  • The measured right of privacy of employees as against the need of business to protect their legitimate interests.

The law is often complex, and more than one piece of legislation can apply to the same situation. The law can apply differently to people’s full-time employment or part-time employment.

We have considerable experience in dealing with issues concerning a breach of Irish law and can advise and represent both employers and employees on all or any of the above issues.