Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Irish Republic as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Irish Republic: Dispute over applicable jurisdiction to a contract

A recent case before the High Court in Ireland is a further reminder how even though a contract states an applicable country jurisdiction, it can still be disputed on material grounds …

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Irish Republic: Non-employee tax status under scrutiny

The Irish Department of Finance has published a consultation document on the tax treatment of personal service companies, other intermediary-like structures and self-employment status claims by individuals tied to a single client …

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Irish Republic: Court of Appeal overturns significant award for bullying in the workplace

The Irish Court of Appeal recently overturned what had been the biggest award granted to date by the High Court in Ireland for bullying in the workplace …

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Irish Republic: Cabinet supports new paternity leave law

The Irish Cabinet has agreed to the introduction of legislation that will give fathers the right to take two weeks’ paid paternity leave following the birth of their child …

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Irish Republic: National minimum wage to increase for 2016

In its October 2015 Budget, the government of Ireland confirmed that the national minimum wage would increase on January 1st 2016 to 9 …

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Irish Republic: Tax-free non-cash benefit allowance increased

The maximum value of a single non-cash benefit (or voucher) that may be paid to employees in Ireland each year free from tax has been doubled from 250 euros (265 US dollars) to 500 euros (530 US dollars) …

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Irish Republic: Statutory paternity leave to be introduced next year

Last month, in its 2016 Budget, the Irish government announced that statutory paternity leave will be introduced next year …

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Irish Republic: Workplace Relations Act now in force

The Republic of Ireland’s Workplace Relations Act came into force on October 1st, simplifying and standardising the national employment dispute resolution system …

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Irish Republic: Rules on employment permits amended

The Employment Permits (Amendment) Regulations 2015 entered into force in the Republic of Ireland on September 1st 2015 …

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Irish Republic: Introduction of living wage scheme to be discussed

The Republic of Ireland’s Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash, has announced plans to hold a conference with employers and trade unions on September 30th 2015 in order to discuss the idea of introducing a voluntary living wage scheme in Ireland …

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Irish Republic: Annual leave may be accrued during sick leave

Employees in the Republic of Ireland are now entitled to accrue annual leave when they are on long-term sick leave …

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Irish Republic: Consultation on tax treatment of expenses

The government of the Republic of Ireland has launched a public consultation on the tax treatment of travel and subsistence expenses for employees and office holders …

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Irish Republic: Recommendation to increase the national minimum wage

The Republic of Ireland’s newly-established Low Pay Commission has recommended that the national minimum wage be increased from the current 8 …

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Irish Republic: Assessment of enforced subject access requests

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner has contacted approximately 40 large organisations to assess their compliance with data protection rules on ‘enforced subject access requests’ …

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Irish Republic: Pay and labour cost statistics

The Central Statistics Office of the Republic of Ireland estimates that average weekly earnings in the country in Q1 2015 stood at 696 …

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