Legislative changes for 2022 in Ireland

As of the start of the new year, there will be some changes in terms of the Irish laws and regulations. As your in-country knowledge partner, we have listed the most important legislative changes for you. This way you don’t have to search for them yourself and you know exactly what is changing in the Irish employment law.

Parental Leave – Starting from August 2022

Parents of newborn babies will be able to take seven weeks of paid leave from August 2022 and nine weeks from August 2024. 
This comes as a result of new EU rules to improve the work-life balance of workers. Previously, this was only a maximum of five weeks.


Statutory Sick Pay – Hasn’t been approved yet

Employers in Ireland have to provide Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for employees under the legislation; the Sick Leave Bill 2021 (the “2021 Bill”). The purpose of the SSP is to ensure that every employee in the private sector has the assurance that if they become ill and miss work, they will not miss a full day’s pay.

Extra Public Holidays

The Government has announced a double Bank Holiday around St Patrick’s Day for 2022. This once-off public holiday is on Friday 18 March 2022 in recognition of the efforts of the general public, volunteers, and all workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides that this day will be a remembrance of all who lost their lives due to the pandemic.

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