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I employ part-time employees. Is there a new law coming in this year on part-time work?

The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2018 was signed into law late last year and will come into effect from 1st March 2019. All employers will need to provide employees with a new statement of core terms of employment (or face criminal liability), consider new banded hours’ provisions for variable hours employees and provide minimum payments to employees if they are not provided with at least 25% of their weekly contractual hours. Advice from an expert is recommended to ensure your business complies with this new law.

What is the 2019 national minimum wage rate?

The national minimum wage (NMW) rate increased to €9.80 per hour from January 1st, 2019. The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2018 also changes the NMW rules. Employees who are aged 20 or over will be entitled to 100% of the NMW regardless of whether it is their first or second year of employment. Likewise, the 80% and 90% rates will no longer be linked to work experience but will instead be linked to the worker’s age.


If one of my employees works a second job, do I need to ask him to confirm his hours?

As an employer, you need to be mindful of health & safety laws that protect employees against the risks of fatigue from being overworked. You also need to ensure that employees receive adequate rest periods under working time laws. In general, there is no issue with employees working a second job but you should require employees to inform you that they are working a second job and to confirm that their average weekly working hours do not exceed statutory limits or pose a health & safety risk.