It is important for both employers and employees to have a clear understanding of employee rights in Ireland. It is always recommended that you speak to a professional prior to onboarding any employees.
Employees in Ireland are protected by a variety of laws that secure their rights. These include the right to work in safe and healthy conditions - employers must provide this without risk or hazard at no cost; they have access to minimum wage currently set as €11.30 an hour as of 1st January 2023; four weeks annual leave with pay; break times during shift hours must be honoured, as well as areas like unpaid weeks parental leave for those with children under 12 years old.
Everyone should feel supported and valued in the workplace, which is why it's essential that employers abide by certain rights for their employees. This includes things like providing up to 26 weeks of paid maternity leave for mothers who have given birth, and two weeks' leave for their partners as well - so parents can take time out with peace of mind knowing they have financial security. Staff must also be treated fairly regardless of background or identity, given written terms explaining pay rate, hours worked, etc., and granted the right to join a trade union if desired. Together these principles ensure everyone has access to a safe working environment where all voices are heard equally.
In Ireland, all employees are safeguarded from discrimination and prejudicial treatment in the workplace. This includes protection based on age, race, gender identity or expression, religion/beliefs, disability status, and sexual orientation - so employees can feel secure that their rights will be respected. If any of these have been ignored however then it is possible for employees to take litigious action.
As an employer, it's essential to have a thorough understanding of employment law. We highly recommend speaking with an expert before you decide to hire employees. If you are interested in learning more about employee rights in Ireland and wish to enhance the relationship between your organisation and its employees you can contact us using the form below. Our HR experts are here to help you.