Irish employment status
The growth of the “gig economy”, the demands of the millennials for greater flexibility, the tax and social insurance benefits of self-employment and Government reviews of employment status have brought the issue of employment status to the forefront of many employers’ minds.
With extensive experience of the complex issues involved, our employment lawyers can guide businesses through this tricky area and help workforces plan for the challenges of the 21st Century or defend themselves from challenges whether from unions, their workforce or the Revenue Commissioners.
The gig economy and employment law in Ireland19 November 2018
The origins of the “gig economy” can be traced back to the worldwide recession in 2008/2009, when people began to take on shorter term freelance “gig” type roles (involving personal service) which went outside the normal parameters of the employer/employee relationship. Very quickly, internet applications to host those services and put users in touch with the service providers came into being. These applications are now called platforms. While technology has kept up with the increase of these platforms, employment law has not, particularly in Ireland.
European Works Councils under Irish Law30 August 2017
European Works Councils are the only legally-mandated bodies for transnational information and consultation with employees in the world.