The 2024 Irish Legislation Landscape

The 2024 Irish legislation landscape

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The 2024 Irish legislation landscape

  • Publish Date: Posted 3 months ago
  • Author: Marketing Team

Across Ireland, businesses can expect a number of changes to Irish legislation across 2024 - as the Government and Revenue look to updating entitlements such as pay and leave, as well as implementing changes to various employment legislation.

Some legislation is still in its early days when it comes to the Government putting a firm date on a calendar for when it will be rolled out, but we’ve put together a comprehensive update of everything we know so far.

Every effort has been taken to ensure this information is accurate and correct at the time the article was published, but as can be expected the Government may adjust timescales during 2024 as plans progress.

Minimum wage increase

At the start of this year, the national minimum wage increased to €12.70 per hour from the previous €11.30, for employees aged 20 years and older from 1 January 2024. For younger employees aged 19 the minimum wage entitlement is €11.43, aged 18 €10.16 and €8.89 for those under 18.

This came into effect from 1st January 2024.

Statutory Sick Leave Act 2022

The previous entitlement for employees to take 3 days paid statutory sick leave under the Sick Leave Act 2022 has now increased to 5 days. To qualify, employees must have a minimum of 13 weeks’ continuous service and provide an appropriate medical certificate.

This came into effect from 1st January 2024.

Parent’s Leave

Included in the Budget 2024 announcement was an intention to extend parent’s leave and parent’s benefits from 7 weeks to 9 weeks. Parent’s leave is available to both employees and people who are self-employed, and there is no minimum length of service. There is no obligation on the employer to pay an employee on parents’ leave, but an employee may be entitled to the State Parent’s benefit, provided the employee has sufficient PRSI contributions.

This will come into effect in August 2024.

Pension auto-enrolment

Whilst not fully confirmed yet, the current proposal is to introduce a pension auto-enrolment scheme for employees aged 23-60, who are not already in an existing occupational pension scheme and earn €20,000 or more per year. This is expected to include set contributions by the employer, employee, and Government, with the chance for employees to opt-out after six months.

There is no confirmed date this will come into effect; current timescales indicate the second half of 2024.

Gender Pay Gap Reporting Information Act 2021

Under the Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021, from 2022 employers with 250 or more employees were required to disclose a range of metrics to the Irish Government, including the average hourly rate paid to men and women. For the December 2024 reporting deadline, this will change to organisations with 150 or more employees, with further plans to roll this out in 2025 to businesses with 50 or more employees.

This will come into effect in December 2024.

Code of Practice on determining Employment Status (Employed or Self-Employed)

The Revenue are now reviewing the distinction between employees and self-employed persons following an ongoing court case and appeal involving Karshan (Midlands) Ltd t/a Domino’s Pizza around the correct categorisation of delivery drivers. On 3rd January 2024, Revenue, DSP, and the WRC confirmed that they will be updating the Code of Practice on determining Employment Status in the Tax and Duty Manual.

Changes are expected to be announced in early 2024.


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