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Employment Rights Legislation Section

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Our Role

Our role is to prepare legislative proposals arising out of “TOWARDS 2016” – Ten Year Framework Social Partnership Agreement 2006-2015” (T-16) [Part 2 –Sections 11 – 16 (PDF, 51KB)] and to help to progress their enactment.

Our Work

1. Employment Law Compliance Bill 2008

The Bill was initiated in Dáil Éireann on 13 March 2008 by the then Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Micheál Martin TD.

The purpose of the Bill is to secure better compliance with employment legislation in accordance with provisions of PART 2, Sections 11 to 16 of “TOWARDS 2016” – the 10-year Framework Social Partnership Agreement 2006-2015.

Dáil Second Stage of the Bill began on 5 February 2009, resumed on 11 February and again on 18 February. Second Stage was passed on 12 March 2009.

The Bill lapsed on the dissolution of Dáil Éireann on 01 February 2011.

3. Employment Law Consolidation Bill

The proposed Employment Law Consolidation Bill is intended to simplify and codify employment law spanning more than 60 years, pursuant to section 16.3 of Part 2 of “TOWARDS 2016”.

As a necessary first step, the text of a number of Acts as amended to date has been compiled for ease of reference by interested parties and is set out at –

Statutory Instruments made under Employment Legislation

Other Statutory Instruments

Any person with comments to make in relation to the text of any of those Acts should forward those comments

by email to

or by post to:


Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

2nd Floor, Davitt House

Adelaide Road

Dublin 2


Note: These texts as amended are provisional, and have been prepared for consultation purposes only. They are subject to correction and revision on foot of further consideration and consultation in the Department, and on foot of comments received. These amended texts do not purport to be authoritative legal texts that can be relied upon in the course of legal proceedings or otherwise. Primary legislative texts used are available in the Irish Statute Book, to be found on the website of the Office of the Attorney General at

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