This area of law deals with the employer-employee relationship.

  1. Within five days of starting work, all employees must receive a written statement of the core terms of Employment from the Employer.
  2. All employees are entitled to receive a pay slip with every payment of wages. This pay slip should show the gross wage (wage before deductions) and the nature and amount of each deduction.
  3. Employers must ensure that employees are given adequate rest. The minimum annual leave entitlement is 4 working weeks paid annual leave per leave year. However, annual leave is accrued based on time worked by the employee. Full-time employees earn one week of paid annual leave for every three months worked. Employees who work 1365 hours in any given leave year have earned their full four week annual leave entitlement at that point, except if it is a leave year in which the employee changes employment.
  4. The Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts 1973 to 2005 provide that every employee who has been in the employment of his/her employer for at least 13 weeks is entitled to a minimum period of notice before that employer may dismiss him or her. This period varies from one to eight weeks according to the length of service. An employer and employee may agree payment in lieu of notice. An employee’s minimum notice entitlement is as follows:
Duration of employmentMinimum notice
13 weeks to 2 years1 week
2 years to 5 years2 weeks
5 years to 10 years4 weeks
10 years to 15 years6 weeks
15 years or more8 weeks

Complaints in relation to alleged contraventions of employment and equality legislation may be presented to the Workplace Relations Commission. The Commission’s e-Complaint Facility can be accessed at  Depending on the nature of the complaint, the matter will be referred for either investigation or adjudication.