Bills in the process of coming down the line

Last updated: August 11th, 2023

Family Leave Bill

The Family Leave Bill aims to consolidate all existing family leave legislation including maternity, parental, adoptive and carers’ leave. The consolidation of family leave is one of the steps to increase the rights of employees in the discharge of their family responsibilities.  Primarily for the care of children.  As part of this process, carer’s leave will move from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to the Department of Justice and Equality.

Industrial Relations (Right to Access) (Amendment) Bill 2016

This Bill proposes to allow Trade Unions access to their members in the workplace for purposes related to the employment of its members or for purposes related to the Union’s business or both. There are perimeters around this such as before entering the work place the Union must obtain consent from the employer.

Banded Hours Contract Bill 2016

The bill is in relation to banded hour contracts and proposes the right for a worker to request increased hours and a corresponding obligation on an employer to consider such a request, to permit refusal only on objectively justified grounds and an obligation on employers to provide information to workers on the overall availability of working hours in the employment.

Proposed Banding Hours;

  • Band A 11.5 hours or more, but less than 15 hours;
  • Band B 15 hours or more, but less than 20 hours;
  • Band C 20 hours or more, but less than 25 hours;
  • Band D 25 hours or more, but less than 30 hours;
  • Band E 30 hours or more, but less than 35 hours;
  • Band F 35 hours or more, but less than 37 hours

 

 

 

 

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