Ireland - New law banning zero-hours contracts - December 31, 2018

A new law banning controversial zero-hour contracts "in most circumstances" will come into force in March 2019. The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill was passed by both houses of the Oireachtas and will now be presented to the President for his signature. Under the new law, zero-hour contracts will be outlawed except in situations of genuine casual employment and where they are essential to allow employers to provide cover in emergency situations or to cover short-term absence. The legislation will also compel employers to pay a new minimum payment to employees called into work but sent home again without work. The Employment Bill has been described by politicians and media as one of the most significant pieces of employment law in a generation.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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