Employment law update


If you have been out of the workforce for some time, you will need to update yourself on changes that have occurred in the field of employment protection. There have been some substantial changes and acquainting yourself with these developments will help you to maximise your rights.

Employment protection developments 1993-2015

The following is a summary of the legislation that has been introduced in this period concerning employment protection:

Complaint or breach of rights

Employment law provides protection for employees who feel their rights have been breached. Complaints, disputes and grievances are heard before a Workplace Relations Commissioner adjudicator who will listen to both sides before completing an investigation of the complaint and issuing a decision.

Often, disputes between employers and employees can be resolved using mediation.

How to apply

Complaints, disputes or grievances regarding breaches of employment rights under certain legislation can be referred using the online complaint form available on workplacerelations.ie. Before you apply to have your complaint heard, you must notify your employer of your intention to contact the Workplace Relations Commission. Where legal entitlements are involved, you should try and resolve the matter locally before referring a complaint.

The Workplace Relations Commission has published the Guide to Employment, Labour and Equality Law (pdf).

Further information on employment protection legislation may be obtained from Workplace Relations Commission's Information and Customer Service - see 'Where to apply' below.

Further information on the Employment Equality Acts 1998–2011 and the Equal Status Acts 2000–2012 may be obtained from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Where to apply

Workplace Relations Commission

Information and Customer Service
O'Brien Road
R93 W7W2

Opening Hours: Mon. to Fri. 9.30am to 5pm
Tel: (059) 917 8990
Locall: 1890 80 80 90
Fax:(059) 917 8909
Homepage: https://www.workplacerelations.ie/en/

Page edited: 12 November 2015



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