Employment Law - 1st Edition and 1st supplement, by Frances Meenan

Author: Frances Meenan
Publisher: Round Hall
Publication Date: 14/05/2014
ISBN: 9781858004884
Jurisdiction: Ireland

'When you find yourself actually reading - instead of skimming - a textbook covering over 1,200 pages in order to write a review, you know that the author has made a good job of making the subject interesting and relevant.'

'...comprehensive, densely fact-filled text providing a thorough examination of employment law in Ireland'

Lynne Martin, employment law solicitor in AIB.

Matters of employment regulation are crucial to the survival not only of an economy, but society. This major new text covers the broad sweep of employment law including key decisions of Irish adjudicating bodies such as the Labour Court, the Employment Appeals Tribunal and the Equality Tribunal as well as the High and Supreme Courts of Ireland and the Court of Justice of the European Communities.

In a clear and engaging manner, Meenan describes employment law in the Republic of Ireland, covering all statutory aspects of the employer/employee relationship.

Key Features

  • Consideration of developments in the definition of 'a worker' which is critical in the context of EU law, across all directives including transfer of undertakings and equality
  • Contracts of 'indefinite duration'
  • Statutes arising from Ireland's unprecedented financial crisis
  • Current and future legislation on Protected Disclosure
  • The Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2012
  • The proposed Workplace Relations Bill
  • Pre-employment matters such as vetting
  • Human rights issues in respect of collective bargaining
  • Protection of employees in the event of employer insolvency including pensions
  • 'Springboard' injunctions

The purpose of this Supplement is to provide an update of developments since November 2013. By year end 2015, there were many legislative developments to include the Workplace Relations Act 2015, the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015, the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 and the Employment Permits (Amendment) Act 2014.

The key development has been the Workplace Relations Act 2015 which considerably changes the adjudication of employment claims and disputes along with the establishment of the Workplace Relations Commission.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014 established the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. The Commission and its extended powers are considered in chapters 12 and 25 of this Supplement.

The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 commenced in July 2014 and provides considerable protection for a person making such disclosure as defined in the Act. Arising from this Act, this Supplement contains a new chapter 14 replacing the chapter 14 in the First Edition.

The Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015 reforms the law on collective bargaining so as to ensure compliance with the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and also to provide for a new system of registered agreements and sectoral employment orders following on the constitutional difficulties under the earlier legislation. Accordingly, chapter 7 has been substantially re-written.

About the Author

Frances Meenan is a practising barrister whose main area of practice includes all matters in relation to employment and industrial relations.