Employment permits - Trusted partner initiative
16/06/2015 - A new Trusted Partner Initiative for applicants for employment permits was launched on 12 May.
Employment Permits (Amendment) Act 2014
26/01/2015 - Nine new categories of employment permits have been created following the Employment Permits (Amendment) Act 2014 and new rules now exist around student permits.
Equal treatment of men and women regarding access to and the supply of goods and services
22/06/2015 - The first implementation report of Directive 2004/113/EC implementing the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services has been published.
Industrial Relations Amendment Bill
16/06/2015 - The Industrial Relations Amendment Bill 2015 has been published
Potential revision on EU Directive on working time
05/03/2012 - A review of the European Working Time Directive has been under discussion for the past five years. The main issues in contention are those regarding on-call time, opt-out and sick leave.
Protection for whistleblowers
31/01/2014 - Legislation due in April 2014 will protect employees in both the public and private sectors from dismissal or penalisation where they make a protected disclosure of certain wrongdoings.
Retirement and pension developments
24/01/2014 - A number of changes to pensions regulations and retirement age came into effect on 1 January 2014. The pensions agenda remains fraught and ongoing changes in government policy have made the cost of pension provision more onerous.