The rise of remote working coupled with advances in digital technology have increased workplace flexibility and, some would argue, fostered better work-life balance. But this trend has also increased the risk of work encroaching into non-working life, extending overall working hours and contributing to heightened stress and anxiety.
A five-day employer-paid domestic violence leave became effective in Ireland on 27 November 2023. This leave is part of the Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023 (see Lockton Compliance Alert), recently passed by the Irish government, which introduced several provisions with different implementation dates.
The Irish government recently approved the Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2023 which introduces a right to request flexible working arrangements, five days of government-paid domestic violence leave, and five days of unpaid carer’s leave (called “serious medical care leave”).
The Bill is currently in its third reading before the Irish parliament and is expected to enter into force in the near term (the exact date is yet to be determined).
The Irish government recently approved a draft bill introducing a mandatory automatic enrollment of employees into a central government-run defined contribution pension fund.
If the bill passes, the auto-enrollment pension scheme will be effective in early 2024.
The Irish government recently passed the Sick Leave Act 2022 to provide all employees with up to 10 days of employer-paid sick leave. The Act enters into effect on 1 January 2023, and its implementation is phased over a four-year period from 2023 to 2026.
The Irish government passed a law extending the government-paid parent’s leave from five weeks to seven weeks. The Parent’s Leave and Benefit Act 2019 (Extension of Periods of Leave) Order 2022 entered into force on 2 July 2022.
The Irish government passed legislation mandating that employers with a minimum of 50 employees report and publish information on their gender pay differentials.
The Irish government recently published a bill introducing a legal framework establishing a right to request remote working and the management of such requests by employers. The draft scheme of the Right to Request Remote Work Bill 2022 (the “Draft […]
The Irish government recently announced the introduction of: A one-off public holiday on Friday, 18 March 2022, to honor COVID-19 workers and victims A permanent public holiday beginning in 2023 in celebration of Imbolc/St. Brigid’s Day Key details 2022 one-off public […]
Update: On Dec. 15, Lockton Global Benefits hosted a webcast featuring Lockton Ireland. The webcast covered pension reform and benefits trends. Click here to view the replay of this event. On 22 April 2021, the Irish government signed into law […]