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Horizon Tracker Spring 2022

Matheson's Horizon Tracker examines the key legal and regulatory developments at an Irish and European level that will affect businesses doing business in and from Ireland.

Welcome to the Spring 2022 edition of the Matheson Horizon Tracker

To support and assist our clients in staying informed and determining the practical implications of proposed and upcoming legal and regulatory developments, the Matheson PSL Faculty monitors and analyses these developments, at both a domestic and EU level, in our Horizon Tracker. 

In Spring 2022 we have adopted a theme-based approach which is reflective of the legislative and regulatory agenda domestically, and at EU level, and which also resonates with our current Knowledge Insights Series available to our clients commenced in January 2022 and running through June 2022.  

Links to further reading and expert Matheson analysis is available throughout this report. If you have any further questions please get in touch with your usual Matheson contact or the Matheson PSL Faculty

Ireland has been chosen by Image

This Spring, the legislative programme progresses many initiatives commenced in 2021, with some notable additions.

A post-COVID domestic focus on employment legislation

These initiatives include the Right to Request Remote Working Bill, increased focus on leave entitlements including Sick Leave and leave supporting caring obligations, and on legislation addressing work shortages connected to the pandemic, such as the Employment Permits (Consolidation and Amendment) Bill. International Women’s Day on 8 March 2022 saw the Government announce  measures to implement the Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021 reporting obligations, which will affect all employers with over 250 employees. These obligations are described in our Employment group’s commentary.

 

A strong climate action agenda 

The government’s Climate Action Plan 2021 is driving initiatives in the current legislative programme including the Circular Economy Bill and environmental law related matters including issuing commencement orders for the Maritime Area Planning Act 2021 which will enable long term, sustainable planning of the maritime area affecting, among other matters, Ireland’s offshore renewable energy resourcing.  Moving on to the alternative energy space we describe and monitor the development of a number of EU Regulations.

Significant developments affecting Corporate Ireland

Of specific relevance to many of our clients are changes in the tax area which are considered in this Horizon Tracker. In relation to financial services, investment funds and capital markets we consider the full range of regulatory proposals both domestically and at EU level. In addition, the Horizon Tracker now includes dedicated commentary on employment law developments as well as advances in data protection and technology regulation.

At the same time we have maintained the traditional key strength of the Matheson Horizon Tracker, namely brief synopses of imminent and proposed legislative and regulatory developments, domestically and at EU level. 

Finally, we are conscious of the ongoing situation in Ukraine. 

Matheson are taking steps on a pro-bono basis to assist the Irish Refugee Council and the Public Interest Law Alliance with the humanitarian consequences of this crisis. Specific practise areas have briefed and updated clients where compliance with sanctions is required, and we will continue to do so where necessary.

Horizon Tracker Spring 2022

Explore the Legal and Regulatory Horizon

Matheson's expert teams have produced summaries of the legal and regulatory developments at a domestic and european level that will affect Irish businesses. Explore these key themes and trends by browsing the links below.  

Climate Sustainability
Climate, Sustainability and the Environment

The latest initiatives in the areas of energy and environmental protection law and regulation

 

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Investing In Ireland
Investing In Ireland

Find out about the latest Irish and EU legislative and regulatory developments in Corporate Governance and Taxation.

 

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Financial Services
Financial Services

The latest developments in Asset Management and Investment Funds, Finance and Capital Markets and Financial Services Risk and Regulatory. 

 

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Employment
Employment

The spring legislative programme includes a number of pieces of priority legislation that will affect employees and employers.

 

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Commercial Real Estate
Commercial Real Estate

The delivery of the government's Housing for All programme will continue to dominate the Irish legislative agenda affecting commercial real estate.

 

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Data Protection Privacy
Data Protection, Privacy and Technology

Data protection and consumer rights continue to influence the Irish and EU digital agenda. 

 

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