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Ireland: Labour Regulation

Regulatory Environment

This page was last updated on 7 July 2020.

Irish labour regulation is effectively that of the European Union with some minor differences of local implementation. On the whole, EU employment legislation is equitable and driven far more by the interests of the employee than by those of the employer, and employers are therefore advised to take careful account of existing law before hiring employees, and, having once hired them, before disciplining or dismissing them.

The very tax-efficient schemes existing in Ireland for business operations do not (and cannot) incorporate any departure from EU law in terms of labour legislation. To a certain extent, it is possible to bypass EU labour law by using short-term contracts, personal service companies and other devices, but expert professional advice is necessary before embarking on any such shenanigans.



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