The Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994-2014 impose an obligation on employers to provide employees with the following terms and conditions in writing:
- the names of employer and employee
- the address (or principal place of business) of the employer
- the place of work
- the title of the job or nature of the work for which the employee is employed
- the date of commencement of employment
- the duration of any temporary or fixed term contract
- the rate or method of calculation of remuneration and pay reference period for the purposes of the National Minimum Wages Act 2000
- reference to any Registered Employment Agreement (REA), Employment Regulation Order (ERO) or
Sectoral Employment Orders (SEOs) applicable to the employee together with confirmation of where the employee may obtain a copy of the ERO, REA or SEO
- that the employee may request from the employer a written statement of the employee’s average hourly rate of pay for any reference period
- whether remuneration is payable weekly, monthly or otherwise
- any terms or conditions as to hours of work including overtime
- any terms or conditions relating to paid leave (other than sick leave)
- any terms or conditions relating to:
- incapacity for work due to sickness or injury
- paid sick leave
- pensions and pension schemes
- the period of notice which the employee must give or receive to terminate the employment
- details of any collective agreements affecting the terms and conditions of employment
The employer is required to provide the employee with this statement no later than two months after the employee starts work. Whenever a change is made, the employer is obliged to notify the employee in writing of the change as soon as possible but no later than one month after the change takes effect.
An employee may present a complaint to an Adjudication Officer that their employer has contravened certain provisions of the Act. An Adjudication Officer has the power to:
- declare that the complaint was or was not founded
- confirm all or any of the particulars contained in, or referred to in, any statement provided by the employer
- alter, or add to, any such statement for the purpose of correcting any inaccuracy or omission in the statement
- require an employer to give a written statement containing particulars as may be specified by the Adjudication Officer
Any statement so altered, or added to, will be deemed to have been given to the employee by the employer.
The Adjudication Officer is also empowered to order the employer to pay the employee such compensation as is just and equitable of up to four weeks' remuneration.
The Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2012 has amended the Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994–2014 by providing for an alternative mechanism for compliance. Where an Inspector (as defined within the meaning of the Workplace Relations Act 2015) believes an employer has not complied with one of the specified obligations under the Act, they may give a direction to an employer to comply with that obligation within a certain period of time.
Where the employer complies with the direction or where the specified period has not elapsed, the employee may not take a claim to the Adjudication Officer. If the employer does not comply with a direction within the specified period, then the employee may take a claim to the Adjudication Officer.
In reality most employers incorporate their statutory obligations under the 1994 Act into the contract of employment and head the document Contract of employment including those particulars required to be given pursuant to the Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994–2014.