A new Code of Practice on the Right to Disconnect (the "Code") has been published to provide practical guidance for employers and employees to agree working arrangements, appropriate to their business, that maintain clear boundaries between work and leisure.
The three key changes are:
a) The right of an employee to avoid routinely performing work outside normal working hours;
b) The right to protection from penalisation for refusing to work outside of normal working hours; and
c) The duty to respect another person’s right to disconnect (e.g., by not routinely emailing or calling outside normal working hours).
It was announced in Budget 2021 that Parents Leave will be increased from 2 weeks to 5 weeks per parent in respect of children born on or after 1st of November 2019. The period during which this leave can be taken has been extended from 12 months to 24 months so it can be taken up to a child’s second birthday or within two years following adoption. This measure will be available from April 2021.
With many companies faced with ecommerce as their only option to trade, it is important to be aware of the legal responsibilities when selling online. If you are running a business which trades over the Internet, it is important that you have terms and conditions which comply with the requirements as set out in the Consumer Information Regulations and the Ecommerce Regulations, in addition to any obligations you have under The Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act 1980.
Some points that you may overlook when developing your business online is that a website makes you globally accessible. Restrict your delivery services to areas that permits the sale of your goods as transactions are subject to local laws.
The other aspect that needs to be considered is General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is a minefield to work through but at a basic level, you need to have permission to collect and hold the information and identifying details of your website users and clients. It should not be a deterrent to utilising online selling
As the law currently stands, no gender pay gap reporting obligations exist for Irish employers. However, the principle of equal pay for equal work has been enshrined in law for a long time. Despite these longstanding legal prohibitions on discrimination in relation to pay, evidence suggests that significant differences remain in the rates of pay of men and women doing the same work. For this reason, the Cabinet has agreed the text of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill, as part of a range of measures aimed at reducing the gender pay gap and promoting wage transparency. The Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019 would require the Minister, as soon as reasonably practicable after the commencement of the legislation, to make regulations requiring employers to publish information relating to the pay of their employees for the purpose of showing whether there are differences in such pay referable to gender and, if so, the size of such differences.