Ibec Submission to the Labour Court 2018 Review of the Joint Labour Committees
06/04/2018 - In its recent Submission to the Labour Court 2018 review of all existing JLCs, Ibec contends that, notwithstanding the small number of employers with an interest in retaining certain JLCs, the remainder which have not met since the last review in 2013 should be abolished.
Ibec Submission on the he Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017
22/02/2018 - Ibec Submission on the he Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017. The Bill, as proposed, seeks to add ‘socioeconomic status’ to the nine existing grounds of discrimination under equality legislation, both in terms of employment and equal status for access to services. Under the Bill, the new ground would be defined as: “Disadvantaged socio-economic status means a socially identifiable status of social or economic disadvantage resulting from poverty, level or source of income, homelessness, place of residence, or family background.”
Letter to Public Representatives in relation to the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017
21/02/2018 - Ibec has been vocal in its concerns to public representatives about the impact of the proposed legislation, with particular concern raised about the intention for the legislation to apply retrospectively, as seems to be proposed in section 18 of the Bill. Notwithstanding the emotive nature of the debate on the issue of variable hours, the reality is that an overly restrictive approach to the introduction of bands of hours will have a chilling effect on the willingness of employers to offer additional working hours to existing staff where they feel that they may later be required to commit to those additional hours on a permanent basis. Many will be tempted to recruit additional part-time staff instead of offering extra hours, which may not always be in the interests of existing employees