The employment contract of each individual is their starting point – and vitally important to get right. We offer advice on terms and conditions and on any unusual or tricky areas, such as non-competition clauses. The better the employment relationship is set up, the better the chances it will continue and thrive.
Employers are responsible for ensuring that all their employees receive certain basic employment rights. These rights are governed by detailed employment legislation. If you employ people or are setting up a business that will employ people you need to be familiar with your responsibilities and your employees’ rights.
Here we outline the responsibilities of employers. The focus is on your duties to your employees. You can get more information from the Workplace Relations Commission’s Information and Customer Service or from bodies representing your sector such as IBEC (the Irish Business and Employers Confederation) or ISME (Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Assocation) or the Small Firms Assocation. The guide for employers, Employment Law Explained (pdf) and the general guide to employment law (pdf) are available on workplacerelations.ie.
All employees have basic rights in the workplace — including the right to privacy, fair compensation, and freedom from discrimination. A job applicant also has certain rights even prior to being hired as an employee. Those rights include the right to be free from discrimination based on age, gender, race, national origin, or religion during the hiring process. For example, a prospective employer cannot ask a job applicant certain family-related questions during the hiring process.
In most states, employees have a right to privacy in the workplace. This right to privacy applies to the employee’s personal possessions, including handbags or briefcases, storage lockers accessible only by the employee, and private mail addressed only to employee. Employees may also have a right to privacy in their telephone conversations or voicemail messages. However, employees have very limited rights to privacy in their e-mail messages and Internet usage while using the employer’s computer system.
There are certain pieces of information that an employer may not seek out concerning a potential job applicant or employee. An employer may not conduct a credit or background check of an employee or prospective employee unless the employer notifies the individual in writing and receives permission to do so.
Ensuring compliance with employment legislation is an ever-growing challenge for organisations. Companies must act quickly to adapt to the new regulations and cases that regularly alter the legal landscape.
Employment law : It is all about people – and of course all the associated legal questions and concerns that arise on a day-to-day basis. Working conditions, redundancy, training, equal opportunity recruitment, pensions, social security, taxation – the provisions of EU and national law reach into every corner of a company’s operations.
Companies’ strategic people decisions are subject to legislation in multiple jurisdictions within Europe and beyond, each with its own unique body of HR law and directives which must be respected.
PwC can help you manage all these issues and provide insight and support so that the decisions you make have the desired outcome: a more efficient organisation, a well structured workforce and proactive management of all the associated regulatory affairs
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