Republic of Ireland employment law
Produced in partnership with Ciara Ruane

The following Employment practice note produced in partnership with Ciara Ruane provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Republic of Ireland employment law
  • Main areas of difference
  • Categories of employment status
  • Gig economy
  • Zero hour contracts
  • Banded hour contracts
  • Bands of weekly working hours
  • Working week
  • Annual leave
  • Sick leave
  • More...

Republic of Ireland employment law

IP COMPLETION DAY: The Brexit transition period ended at 11pm on 31 December 2020. At this time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), transitional arrangements ended and significant changes began to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: Brexit and IP completion day—implications for employment lawyers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note does not cover employment issues relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Republic of Ireland. Subscribers are referred to the gov.ie website for further information and guidance.

There are many similarities between the employment laws in the Republic of Ireland, those in Great Britain and those in Northern Ireland. This is because all are common law jurisdictions and many of the more recent employment law statutes in all those jurisdictions have derived from European Directives.

Notwithstanding this, there are divergences, which we will explore in greater detail below. It is anticipated that there will be further divergence in the future, particularly in light of Brexit.

This Practice Note sets out the differences in employment law between Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. However, care should be taken in dealing with matters in Northern Ireland, which operates increasingly divergent laws from Great Britain. For information on the differences

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