With this article we aim to inform you on the fact that also in Ireland Labour Rights are well implemented. As you can expect a Labour Code and a Labour Inspection are in place. What are your rights? What can you do if you feel your employee rights are not respected. The Labour Code we attached in this article.

Any EU employer is required to uphold the national and EU labour law for each individual employee. Should it happen that you feel treated unfair or not according labor regulations: read here what you can do.

Note: Following is a copied from the Irish Citizens Information Board (we can not do a better job)

Employment law update


If you have been out of the workforce for some time, you will need to update yourself on changes that have occurred in the field of employment protection. There have been some substantial changes and acquainting yourself with these developments will help you to maximise your rights.

Employment protection developments 1993-2016

The following is a summary of the legislation that has been introduced in this period concerning employment protection:

Complaint or breach of rights

Employment law provides protection for employees who feel their rights have been breached. Complaints, disputes and grievances are heard before a Workplace Relations Commissioner adjudicator who will listen to both sides before completing an investigation of the complaint and issuing a decision.

Often, disputes between employers and employees can be resolved using mediation.

How to apply

Complaints, disputes or grievances regarding breaches of employment rights under certain legislation can be referred using the online complaint form available on workplacerelations.ie. Before you apply to have your complaint heard, you must notify your employer of your intention to contact the Workplace Relations Commission. Where legal entitlements are involved, you should try and resolve the matter locally before referring a complaint.

The Workplace Relations Commission has published the Guide to Employment, Labour and Equality Law (pdf).

Further information on employment protection legislation may be obtained from Workplace Relations Commission’s Information and Customer Service – see ‘Where to apply’ below.

Further information on the Employment Equality Acts 1998–2015 and the Equal Status Acts 2000–2015 may be obtained from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Where to apply

Workplace Relations Commission

Information and Customer Service
O’Brien Road
R93 W7W2

Opening Hours: Mon. to Fri. 9.30am to 5pm
Tel: (059) 917 8990
Locall: 1890 80 80 90
Fax:(059) 917 8909
Homepage: https://www.workplacerelations.ie/en/

Added to that: Your basic rights

  • Health and safety at work
  • Equal opportunities for men and women
  • Protection against discrimination: race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability
  • Labour Code needs to be implemented

Added to that: Some pointers to observe

  • Employers are not allowed to register (eg. sound recording) your intake interview. However a candidate can do this.
  • Change of Contract or Habit: 3 days in advance a written request for your consent.
  • Financial/monetary pressure, punishment and/or wage/bonus deduction in any form is illegal.
  • Any form of bonus should be related to the result of your individual input.
  • Do not accept pressure or intimidation by your employer/manager: this is harassment.
  • Be careful accepting outside work-related phone calls.
  • Employers like to squeeze pennies: be very careful accepting tasks not listed in your contract.
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work: Everybody with the same job description needs to be paid equal.
  • Beware: In Ireland it is difficult to fire somebody, what they do is give you a list of things to (hard to) improve to sign, if you miss your deadline, there is legal ground for a forced resignation.

An irregularity that is often overlooked, but could be good to take note of: Employers like to make publicity for their company. For this they use for example a Facebook page. Keep in mind that nobody has the right to publish any picture of you on any outside (social) media without your specific permission.

In any relation: Give and Take within reason, do what you are supposed to do and do it well. You should not have any problems!

Reporting your Employer for Irregularities

If you feel your employer is unreasonable and you cannot come to reason, you can report your employer to the EU Commission. Note: reporting your employer is a pretty severe measure. Only do this when you have proof and if possible as a collective.

To report your irregularity, see to contact the EU commission in Brussels: Submit a Complaint to the EU.

If you have any questions, you can also contact our team: info@careersineurope.eu