Employment law in Ireland is regulated by both statute and the employment contract entered into between the employer and employee. Most aspects of the employment relationship including recruitment, remuneration, leave and termination, are governed to some extent by various employment law statutes. The parties have reasonable freedom to agree specific employment terms and working arrangements but this is subject to minimum statutory requirements.

Best human resources practice requires an employer to have documented policies in place in relation to employee complaints, dignity at work, absences and other circumstances. Union recognition by an employer is voluntary although collective consultation with employees’ representatives is required in certain situations.

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