The Act itself does not currently provide financial penalties for non-compliance or compensation to employees for any breach.
However, employees can bring claims against their employers to the Workplace Relations Commission ("WRC") for failure to comply with their obligations under the Act. The WRC may then order an employer to take a specified course of action to comply with the Act, with all decisions being published, including the names of the employer and employee. This in itself creates reputational and organisational risks for employers.
Separately, the Act empowers the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to bring an application to the Circuit Court or the High Court to compel an employer to comply with its obligations under the Act.