Recent news

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

Irish Republic: Reform of legislation on work permits

In order to make it easier for skilled workers from abroad to work in the Republic of Ireland, the Irish government has published a Bill to reform the country’s work permit system …

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Irish Republic: Discriminatory taxation of termination payments

The European Commission has asked Ireland to revise its law on the taxation of employment termination payments …

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Irish Republic: Proposal to allow fathers to share maternity leave

The Irish government is currently considering proposals to allow mothers to share their statutory maternity leave with their child’s father …

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Irish Republic: Whistleblowing legislation soon to be enacted

The Republic of Ireland’s Protected Disclosures Bill has now passed through all stages of the Senate and is at the second stage in the Dáil Éireann …

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Irish Republic: High compensation award for unequal pay

The judiciary in Ireland has just issued its fourth decision under the Protection of Employees (Temporary Agency Work) Act 2012 and awarded its highest compensation award (20,000 euros) …

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Irish Republic: Increase in working days lost to industrial disputes

The Republic of Ireland’s Central Statistics Office has published data that show a 76% rise in the number of working days lost due to industrial disputes in 2013 as compared with 2012 …

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Irish Republic: Reforms to Joint Labour Committees

Minister for Jobs for the Republic of Ireland, Richard Bruton, has introduced reforms to Joint Labour Committees …

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Irish Republic: Employment Bills expected in 2014

The government of the Irish Republic has published its Legislation Programme for Spring/Summer 2014 …

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Irish Republic: Longer wait for sick pay

As from today, January 6th, the sickness benefit waiting period in the Republic of Ireland will be six days instead of the former three …

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Irish Republic: Greater fairness in pension asset distribution

The government of the Irish Republic has approved draft legislation that will ensure greater fairness in the distribution of defined benefit pension scheme assets …

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Irish Republic: Maternity benefits standardized

Further to the Irish Republic’s Budget 2014, maternity and adoptive benefits are due to be standardised at a rate of 230 euros per week for new claimants as from January 6th 2014 …

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Irish Republic: Sick leave waiting period increased

The sickness benefit waiting period in the Republic of Ireland is due to increase by three days from January 6th 2014 …

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Irish Republic: No more “stateless” companies

Further to the Republic of Ireland’s Budget 2014, legislation has now been published that will ensure Irish registered companies cannot be “stateless” as regards their place of tax residence …

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Irish Republic: R&D tax credit enhanced

 The government of the Republic of Ireland has announced a number of improvements to be made to the Research and Development Tax Credit as part of the 2014 Budget …

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Irish Republic: Recent trends in discrimination rulings

Recent rulings from Ireland’s Equality Tribunal suggest that not taking appropriate steps to accommodate disabled employees, being inconsistent or not following procedures to prevent discrimination can prove costly for employers …

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