Hard cases make bad law – the battle for a balanced approach to employment regulation
Ireland’s economy is the fastest growing in the eurozone for the fourth year in a row. It is now critical that we do not jeopardise the second chance we have been given to be the best small country in the world in which to do business. In the last year alone, the employment relationship has been the subject of more than ten proposals for new legislation (when Private Members Bills are included) purporting to further amend existing employment laws. Some of this legislation is necessary and proportionate and the business community recognises the need for a balanced approach to employment regulation. However, there is an increased appetite for pitting employers and employees against each other despite the negative impact this is may have for workplace relations.At this year’s conference, Ibec examined what is driving these new legislative proposals and what impact they are likely to have on Irish business in the coming year.