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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.

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