Employment law

Changes in Employment Legislation

As we enter 2024, employment laws undergo significant transformations, shaping the dynamics between employers and employees. 

Here are key modifications in employment laws that demand attention.

Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023

  • Parents and careers have the right to request remote work
  • Employer’s written response required within 4 weeks of request
  • Employers not obligated to grant requests but provide reasons to avoid WRC complaints

Increase in National Minimum Wage 

  • Increased by €1.40 per hour from January 1, 2024
  • Age 20 and above: €11.30 to €12.70
  • Age 19: €10.70 to €11.43 (90% of minimum wage)
  • Age 18: €9.04 to €10.16 (80% of minimum wage)
  • Under 18: €7.91 to €8.89 (70% of minimum wage)

Increase in Parent’s Leave

  • Extended by two weeks in Budget 2024, totaling nine weeks
  • Leave must be taken within the first two years of the child’s birth or adoption
  • Employees may qualify for Parent’s Benefit based on PRSI contributions

Increase in Statutory Sick Pay Days

  • Increased from 3 to 5 days in 2024
  • Applies to part-time and full-time employees with 13 weeks of service
  • Unused leave expires annually
  • 70% of gross daily pay, capped at €110 a day

Employers bear the primary responsibility to comply with employment laws to uphold ethical standards, protect employees, and avoid legal complications.

To stay compliant with new employment laws, contact HR experts at Drew Consulting.