Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017: From the Seanad
The law will become law when the President signs it, so the Deputy might have misunderstood the press release I issued on foot of it passing all Stages in the Seanad. I intend to commence the law on 1 March, which is well within the three months. It is just over two months.
The reason I have agreed with the WRC is that it has asked for a number of weeks to carry out an awareness campaign, not only with employees but, more importantly, with employers. Given that they will all have to comply with this legislation, the least we should do is inform them about the new law. The WRC has asked me give it a couple of weeks to do that and I am happy to do so. I have suggested commencing the legislation in the first week in March.