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Friday 17 November 2017

New employer law is draconian, warns IBEC boss

Anne-Marie Walsh

THE main employer group has accused a government department of coming up with 'draconian' new laws to criminalise bosses.

IBEC's director of industrial relations, Brendan McGinty, said the Department of Enterprise put forward 80pc of the forthcoming Employment Law Compliance Bill despite the fact it was agreed during social partnership negotiations.

Rogue employers will face jail of up to three years and fines up to €250,000 if they breach the proposed new legislation to protect workers.

Criminal offences include a failure to put up notices on employment rights in every language used in the workplace.

IBEC claims the list of new criminal offences is 'oppressive' and was not mentioned during talks on the national pay deal in which the legislation was agreed. But the Department of Enterprise last night said a 'very substantial number of amendments' are being drafted to reflect the social partners' concerns.

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