The Oireachtas has now (December 2018) passed the Bill banning zero hour contracts, except in situations of genuine casual employment or in emergency situations. The focus of the Bill has been to provide more certainty for workers’ hours and security over their incomes. The main provisions of the Employment Bill are:
- Employers must give employees basic terms of employment within five days
- Zero hour contracts are prohibited except in situations of genuine casual employment where they are essential to allow employers to provide cover in emergency situations or to cover short-term absence
- A new minimum payment for employees called into work but sent home again without work
- Banded Hours provisions: a new right for employees whose contract of employment does not reflect the reality of the hours they habitually work whereby they will be entitled to be placed in a band of hours that better reflects the hours they have worked over a 12 month reference period
- Anti-penalisation provisions: The Bill provides strong anti-penalisation provisions for employees who invoke their rights under this legislation
Members should refer to the Member’s area for further details.