The Terms of Employment Act 1994-2014: requires employers to garner information about their employment to workers, such as an employment contract, a job description, wage levels and hours of work.

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Zero Hour Employment Contracts

In certain cases, the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 forbids zero-hour contracts and allows for minimum payments and banded hours. It also notes that within 5 days of people beginning work, companies must supply workers with details on the 5 basic working conditions. It was placed into force on March 4, 2019.

Better Terms

The 2015 Labour Relations (Amendment) Act establishes a mechanism for employees trying to change their terms and conditions if their employer does not accept collective bargaining. A substitution scheme for Registered Employment Agreements (REAs) and a new form of order known as Sectoral Employment Orders are also issued (SEO).

Discrimination At Work

The 1998-2015 Employment Opportunity Acts ban discrimination in several fields relating to employment. Sex, civil status, family status, age, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and membership of the Traveller population are now forbidden grounds of discrimination. It also puts a obligation on employees to stop sexual discrimination.

Equality in the workplace

Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015: Introduces substantial changes to the 1998 Workplace Equality Act in the fields of retirement and age discrimination, religious, medical and educational discrimination and indirect discrimination.

Being let go

Under the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977-2015, situations where unfair dismissal can occur include where your employer terminates your contract, with or without warning, or you terminate your employment contract, with or without notice, due to your employer’s actions. That is referred to as constructive dismissal.

Further information can be accessed from the Irish Human Rights and Inclusion Committee on the Job Equality Acts 1998–2015 and the Equal Status Acts 2000–2015.


The 2018 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gives you even better control of your personal information. It also puts more burdens on businesses who manage and process your knowledge. On 25 May 2018, GDPR came into effect around the EU.