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Dismissal of Irish Employees

Dismissal of Irish Employees

Human resources have a high value in any type of business activity, as their level of expertise can increase the market share of the company in which they are employed. As a general rule, the employment activities are specified in an employment contract, which also states the conditions in which the agreement can terminate. In Ireland, the employees can be dismissed in several situations and our team of Irish attorneys can offer more details on the main provisions in this sense. 

Employment contract in Ireland  

Work relations in Ireland are established through an employment contract, which stipulates the rights and the obligations of the parties involved. Most of the Irish employment contracts are open-ended, which means that the termination date is not expressed in the document, as the work relations will end when one of the parties may enforce a decision in this sense based on various grounds; our team of Irish lawyers can offer an in-depth presentation on the types of employment contracts available here. 

Minimum notice in Ireland 

Regardless of the party who decides to end an employment contract, there are several steps that should be respected in this sense. Under the regulations of the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts, the parties have to respect the minimum notice period. The notice period is established in accordance with the period in which the employee has been working in the company

As such, for employees hired for a period of minimum thirteen weeks and up to two years, the minimum notice is of one week. 

Other minimum notice periods are established as follows: 

• two weeks – for a period of 2-5 years;

• four weeks – for a period of 5-10 years;

• six weeks – for a period of 10-15 years;

• eight weeks – for employees working in a company for more than 15 years. 

According to the Unfair Dismissal Act 1977, “dismissal” of employees can also be performed by not providing the minimum notice, but this can be enforced only in specific situations. Employment contracts can also be terminated if one of the parties did not respect the stipulations of the contract referring to work conduct, payments and many others. 

Persons who are interested in receiving further details on the legal grounds in which Irish employees can be dismissed from a company, may address to our law firm in Ireland for legal assistance. 

If you are a foreign employee in Ireland, our team of lawyers can help you with much more than employment law issues. You can confidently reach out to us if you have questions about property matters, or family law issues. We also assist individuals who are ready to apply for a divorce in Ireland. We can help you understand the conditions for divorce and reach agreements, as needed, with your former spouse.