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Employment Rights

The following is provided for information purposes only on employment rights in Ireland.

The Work Place Relations website provides information on industrial relations and rights and obligations under employment and equality legislation in Ireland. They should be contacted directly for all queries in relation to employment rights.

Employers - Starting a new business

When setting up a new business in Ireland with paid employees, employers are required to be aware of the relevant employment law applicable.

Information for employer’s starting a new business is available here on the Work Place Relations website.

Information on Posted Workers

A posted worker is defined a ‘person who, for a limited period of time, carries out their work in the territory of an EU Member State other than the State in which they normally work’. The definition of a posted worker does not apply to individuals who decide of their own accord to seek employment in another Member State, seagoing personnel in the merchant navy or the self-employed.

Council Directive 96/71/EC on the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services addressed the problem of the growing number of workers posted by enterprises to work temporarily in another Member State.

The EC Directive 96/71/EC on Posted Workers has been transposed into Irish law as a miscellaneous provision of the Protection of Employees (Part-time Work) Act 2001.

The Act provides that the full range of Irish employee protection legislation applies to foreign workers posted to work in, or otherwise working in this country.

Further information on posted workers can be found in the following links below . The Work Place Relations website should be contacted direct for all queries regarding the information provided above.

Coming to work in Ireland

General information on posted workers

Contacting Work Place Relations 

Please find contact details for Work Place Relations here