All employees in Ireland must get a written statement of their terms of employment, including their pay and hours of work. This written statement should be provided to the employee within 5 days of starting the job and include the five core terms of employment.
Employers can face serious penalties if they do not comply with the statutory obligations to provide new employees with these statements of terms of employment, as set out in the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018.
The remaining terms of employment.
Each new employee must get a written statement within 2 months of starting work, setting out the remaining terms of employment.
An employment contract may contain more details than set out above, but it must make reference to these 10 elements. The employer must sign and date the written terms but there is no legal requirement for an employee to sign it. The absence of their signature does not imply that they have not accepted the Terms and the Contract is in place once it has all the required elements once it has been provided to the employee. Subsequent attempts to amend or change the terms or conditions of employment must have the agreement of both parties.
Where there are changes in legislation that affect the existing terms or conditions of employment, the employer shall make the necessary changes to incorporate the changes and advise the change to the employees so affected. This will be necessary presently where the new Statutory Sick Leave Scheme will come into force.
The Association will provide detailed advice to all members on this matter once Ministerial Regulations have been signed.