Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Employment Rights

Patricia Ryan (Kildare South, Sinn Fein)
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225. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the progress made to date on implementing the recommendations of the Duffy-Cahill Report; his future plans in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44571/20]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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Responsibility for employment rights, redundancy and insolvency recently transferred to my Department from the Department of Social Protection, and the recommendations made in the Duffy-Cahill report are currently being revisited.

I have also asked the Company Law Review Group, as per the Programme for Government, to look again at aspects of Company Law in this area. Their Report will be finalised shortly.

Ministers of State Damien English and Robert Troy jointly met with employer and union representative bodies on the 4th of November to begin a discussion on the various legislative provisions that deal with redundancy and insolvency from both a company law and employment law perspective.

I am informed it was a positive and constructive meeting with the stakeholders, where the discussion focused on identifying whether there are gaps or weaknesses in either body of legislation.

I understand that consultations and discussions are ongoing.

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