Wednesday, 4 December 2019
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
234. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her attention has been drawn to the practice of certain retailers conducting searches of employees when they are leaving their workplace at the end of their shifts; her plans to address the issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50523/19]
235. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if employers are obliged to inform staff members in writing if there is to be a change of security procedures in their workplace from randomised to mandatory searches in cases in which they are leaving their workplace; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50524/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 234 and 235 together.
The Terms of Employment (Information) Act, 1994 provides that an employer must provide his/her employee with a written statement of the particulars of the employee’s terms of employment. It also provides that an employer must notify the employee of any changes in the particulars as given in the statement. The Act provides a right of complaint to the Workplace Relations Commission where an employer fails to provide a written statement in accordance with the terms of the Act or fails to notify the employee of changes to the particulars contained in the statement. The right to search is not a matter which comes within the information required under the Terms of Employment (Information) Act, 1994.
I trust this clarifies matters for the Deputy.