Know Your Rights March 2019

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March 2019

Know Your Rights: Brexit

Question

What is the Brexit Omnibus Bill?

 

Answer

The Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019 (pdf) was published on 22 February 2019. This bill is known informally as the Brexit Omnibus Bill.

 

The legislation aims to prepare Ireland for a disorderly Brexit (also called a “no-deal” Brexit). The Bill is made up of 15 parts and crosses the remit of 9 Government ministers. It is expected that the Bill will be ready for commencement by 29 March 2019 and each part will be commenced by the individual minister at the appropriate time.

 

However, many of the provisions in the Bill will only be necessary if the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 under a no-deal scenario.

 

You can read a summary of the Bill in the Explanatory Memorandum (pdf).

 

You can get more information on the Government’s preparations for Brexit in the  European Union section of citizensinformation.ie and on gov.ie.

 

Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.

 

Know Your Rights has been compiled by Bray Information Centre which provides a free and confidential service to the public. See www.citizensinformation.ie for details of your local centre or phone our main office in Bray on 0761 07 6780

Information is also available online at citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000.

 

 


March 2019

Know Your Rights: Contracts of employment

 

 

Question

 

I’m starting a new job. I heard that there are changes to the rules about terms of employment for new employees. What are they?

 

Answer

 

Your employer must provide you with a written statement of your terms of employment in writing within two months of starting a new position. These terms set out specific details of the employment relationship and include information like your place of work, job title, start date and working hours.

 

Under the new Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018, from 4 March 2019, your employer must give you five core terms of your employment within five days of starting your new job. These core terms are:

  1. The full names of the employer and the employee
  2. The address of the employer
  3. The duration of the contract (where the contract is temporary or fixed-term)
  4. The rate or method of calculation of the employee’s pay
  5. What the employer reasonably expects the normal length of your working day and week to be, on a daily and weekly basis (for example, five hours per day, three days per week)

Your employer must provide these terms to you in writing. The remaining terms of employment must also be provided in writing within two months. All written statements must be signed and dated by your employer and they must keep a copy on file for one year. Employers face serious penalties if they do not comply. You can find a sample 5 day statement of terms of employment (pdf) on workplacerelations.ie.

 

Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.

 

Know Your Rights has been compiled by Bray Information Centre which provides a free and confidential service to the public. See www.citizensinformation.ie for details of your local centre or phone our main office in Bray on 0761 07 6780

Information is also available online at citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000.

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