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Proposals on Temporary Agency Work and Industrial Relations

PRACTICE AREA GROUP: Employment, Pensions and Benefits
DATE: 01.02.2012

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has published the Industrial Relations (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill 2011.  The objective of the Bill is to reform the existing system for making of both Employment Regulation Orders (ERO) and Registered Employment Agreements (REA).

The provisions in the Bill meet a number of key commitments to the EU/IMF Programme of Financial Support for Ireland aimed at structural reforms to the labour market and build on the recommendations of the Report of the Independent Review of the Employment Regulation Orders and Registered Employers Agreements Wage Setting Mechanisms.

The Minister has also published the Protection of Employees (Temporary Agency Work) Bill 2011.  The purpose of the Bill is to give effect to Directive 2008/104/EC on temporary agency work and for that purpose to amend certain existing legislation. The purpose of the legislation is to as to give equal treatment in terms of basic working and employment conditions for temporary agency workers as if they were recruited directly by the hirer to the same job. The Bill contains provisions to make it retrospective to 5 December 2011, other than to those provisions that create offences.

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