Employment Legislation

How Did the Employment Act 2018 Impact Ireland?


How Did the Employment Act 2018 Impact Ireland?

Due Date

4 March 2019


The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 came into force in Ireland in March 2019. Its stated objective is to improve the security and predictability of working hours for employees on insecure contracts or working variable hours.

But how does this impact Irish businesses and workers?

Key Points about the Employment Act

Of significant impact to all clients operating in Ireland is a new obligation to issue all employees with a mini-statement of core terms of employment within five days of starting work.

The Act also significantly restricts the use of “zero hours” contracts. However, genuine casual work (where there is no mutuality of obligation) is still possible but documentation must be carefully constructed.

The top-up payment provisions for variable hours staff have been further enhanced. This is a complex matter and Moorepay customers should take advice from us for staff working variable hours in the ROI.

There is also a new “banded hours” provision where an employee can ask to be placed in a specific band reflecting their actual (rather than contractual) hours of work.

A guidance document on all of these matters is available for Moorepay customers. Please email policy.team@moorepay.co.uk for a copy or for further support.


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