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Forthcoming legislation

Employment law dates at a glance
Recent Developments

This table shows changes that have recently taken place:

6 March 2018

The Sectoral Employment Order (Mechanical Engineering Building Services Contracting Sector) 2018 (SEO) was signed into law. SEO designed to improve conditions for estimated 10,000 plumbers and pipe fitters.

26 March 2018

Increase of €5 to statutory benefits including employment related  benefits such as maternity, paternity and adoptive benefits, taking rates to €240 per week. 

26 March 2018

The Employment Permit (Amendment) Regulations 2018 come into effect amending the Ineligible Categories of Employment List and the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List and introducing a requirement to submit an employment contract with all employment permit applications.

21 May 2018

New regulations came into effect allowing employers and prospective employees to apply for a General Employment Permit for Horticulture Workers, Meat Processing Operatives and Dairy Farm Assistants.

25 May 2018

 General Data Protection Regulation came into effect.

25 May 2018

Data Protection Act 2018 comes into force.
12 July 2018 UK Government issued a white paper indicating that the UK will not repeal or amend existing employment or equality law derived from European Union law. The paper confirms that Irish citizens have “special status” allowing Irish and UK citizens to move freely between the UK and Ireland.

22 August 2018

The Irish Government launches a consultation process outlining plans to discuss a Strawman "Automatic Enrolment" Retirement Saving System for Ireland.

23 August 2018

The UK Government published 25 papers setting out the implications of a no-deal Brexit on business and trade generally, including a paper dealing with employment and workplace rights.

24 September 2018

New work experience scheme announced. The Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS) will target young jobseekers who are either long-term unemployed or face significant barriers to employment.  YESS will commence on 1 October 2018. 

9 October 2018

Increase in National Minimum Wage to €9.80 confirmed. Will come into effect from 1 January 2019.

9 October 2018

New Social Insurance Parental Benefit payment to be paid for 2 weeks for each parent - to commence in November 2019

25 December 2018

The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2017 is signed into law by the President and is scheduled to commence in March 2019
1 January 2019

National minimum wage increases by €0.25 to €9.80 per hour

4 March 2019

The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 comes into force

6 March 2019

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation announces change to immigration arrangements for spouse and partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit holders

17 March 2019

The Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Act 2019 is signed into law to prepare Ireland for the possibility of a disorderly Brexit

25 March 2019

Increase of €5 to statutory benefits including employment related benefits such as maternity, paternity and adoptive benefits

22 April 2019

Critical Skills Employment Permits List and General Employment Permits List amended to address labour shortages

23 April 2019

General Scheme of the Parental Leave and Benefit Bill 2019 is published to pave the way for paid parental leave from November

8 May 2019

The Irish and UK governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming the Common Travel Area and the rights of UK and Irish citizens

11 June 2019

Minister Pat Breen formally approves two Sectoral Employment Orders in the construction and electrical contracting sectors

20 June 2019

Minister Regina Doherty announces plans to amend the Payment of Wages Act to prohibit employers from using tips to subsidise payment of contractual wages
7 October 2019

Government publish Parent’s Leave and Benefit Bill to provide for 2 weeks’ leave and €245 per week benefit for each parent in first year of child’s life

8 October 2019

Government announce €0.30 increase in National Minimum Wage to come into effect in March 2020

31 October 2019

Date UK was expected to leave the EU
1 November 2019 The Parent's Leave and Benefit Act providing for 2 weeks' leave and €245 per week benefit for each parent in first year of child’s life came into effect
31 January 2020 UK leaves the EU and enters transition period 
1 February 2020 National Minimum Wage increase of €0.30 to €10.10 per hour comes into effect
19 March 2020 Dáil convenes to pass Health (Preservation and Protection and other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Bill 2020
26 March 2020

Dáil passes Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020 introducing Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and preventing laid off employees from claiming redundancy during the Covid-19 crisis.

29 May 2020 Suspension of redundancy claims by laid off employees extended to 10 August. Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme anomaly that excluded employees on maternity leave and adoptive leave remedied.
5 June 2020 Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme to be paid until 31 August, Pandemic Unemployment Payment to be paid until 10 August and Roadmap to Reopening brought forward by three weeks. 

 

Forthcoming legislative activity

This table shows forthcoming changes and also identifies possible future changes. Please see the forthcoming legislation in-depth page for more information on the issues mentioned. 

To be confirmed

The Shared Maternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2018 proposes amending maternity protection legislation by allowing parents of new born children to share the entitlement to maternity leave

To be confirmed

Gambling Control Bill 2018 includes provision for a prohibition on employing young people in the delivery of duly licensed gambling services

To be confirmed

Industrial Relations (Collective Action) Bill 2018 proposes amending the Industrial Relations Act 1990 by removing the requirement to exhaust all agreed procedures before committing to collective industrial action

To be confirmed

The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Bill 2018 sets a new compulsory retirement age of 70 for public servants

To be confirmed

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill 2017 proposes requiring organisations employing 50 employees or more to submit gender pay gap data to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

To be confirmed

The text of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill has been published. The law will require both private sector and public sector employers to publish data on differences in pay between men and women

To be confirmed

The Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 proposes introducing a new ground for discrimination based on socio-economic status

To be confirmed

The Protection of Employment (Measures to Counter False Self Employment) Bill, 2018 aims to tackle bogus self-employment contracts and clarify workers’ employment rights. Put forward by the Labour Party, the Bill seeks to broaden the circumstances in which an employment relationship can be established between an employer and an individual. Introduces ‘personal service’ as a determining factor to establish employment status. Also proposes affording workers providing services under bogus self-employment contracts with access to the WRC to determine disputes. Proposed redress for workers working under bogus contracts is limited to two years’ remuneration. Currently at the second stage of the legislative process

To be confirmed

The Prohibition of Bogus Self-Employment Bill 2018 aims to tackle bogus self-employment contracts and clarify workers’ employment rights. Introduced by Solidarity – People Before Profit, the Bill includes the first statutory definition of “bogus self-employment”. Includes 19 characteristics to establish employment status. Affords workers providing services under bogus self-employment contracts with access to the WRC to determine disputes and redress for workers working under bogus contracts includes uncapped compensation. Currently at the first stage of the legislative process

To be confirmed

Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2018 is published providing Garda representative associations with access to the dispute resolution procedures operated by the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court

2020-2022

Government intends to have pension reform in place to include a ‘Total Contributions Approach’ by 2020 and auto-enrolment for employees without retirement savings from 2022