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Employment law update

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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 1993-2012

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

Complaints/breach of rights

Employment law provides protection for employees who feel their rights have been breached. Complaints, disputes and grievances are heard before a Rights Commissioner who will listen to both sides before completing an investigation of the complaint and issuing a recommendation. Recommendations issued by the Rights Commissioner can be binding or non-binding, depending on the type of law under which the case is heard.

The Equality Tribunal investigates claims under equality legislation.

Often, disputes between employers and employees can be resolved using mediation. Mediation means that the Labour Relations Commission is contacted and appoints an independent person to meet with both parties and listen to both sides. This free service is available to all employees and employers (except members of the Gardai, Defence Forces and Prison services). Meetings are held privately and all discussions are confidential.

How to apply

Requests for mediation services should be made to the Workplace Mediation Service at the Labour Relations Commission.

Complaints, disputes or grievances regarding breaches of employment rights under certain legislation can be referred using the new online complaint form (available by selecting ‘Make a complaint in relation to employment rights’ on workplacerelations.ie). Before you apply to have your complaint heard, you must notify your employer of your intention to contact the Rights Commissioner service. Where legal entitlements are involved, you should try and resolve the matter locally before referring a complaint.

Further information on employment protection legislation may be obtained from Workplace Relations Customer Services - see 'Where to apply' below.

Further information on the Maternity Protection Acts 1994-2004, the Adoptive Leave Acts 1995-2005, the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2011 and the Equal Status Acts 2000-2011 may be obtained from the Equality Authority.

Where to apply

Workplace Relations Customer Services

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
O'Brien Road
Carlow
Ireland

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

Page updated: 2 October 2013

Language

Gaeilge

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Contact Us

If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.