Employment Rights


All employees in Ireland have a range of different rights - from contract of employment, working hours, wages, breaks, holidays, leave; to work related disputes & legal supports.

There are various bodies that provide information, guidance, support and legal advice to all employees in Ireland. For more information, please use the links below.

Workplace Relations Commission

The WRC is an independent, statutory body with the below responsibilities:

  • promoting the improvement of workplace relations, and maintenance of good workplace relations,
  • promoting and encouraging compliance with relevant enactments,
  • providing guidance in relation to compliance with codes of practice approved under Section 20 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015,
  • conducting reviews of, and monitor developments as respects, workplace relations,
  • conducting or commissioning research into matters pertaining to workplace relations,
  • providing advice, information and the findings of research conducted by the Commission to joint labour committees and joint industrial councils,
  • advising and appraising the Minister in relation to the application of, and compliance with, relevant enactments, and
  • providing information to members of the public in relation to employment

For more information, visit the Workplace Relations Commission website.

Citizens Information Board

The Citizens Information Board is a statutory body which supports the provision of information, advice and advocacy on a broad range of public and social services, including employment rights. For more information or to make contact with them, please visit the Citizens Information Board website

Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC)

FLAC is an independent voluntary organisation, whose aim is to promote equal access to justice for everybody, using these approaches:

  • Advice & Information
  • Analysis
  • Advocacy

For more information or to get in touch, visit the FLAC website.

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC)

The IHREC works to protect and promote human rights and equality. As part of its functions, they may provide legal assistance to people in vindicating their rights. The assistance that they may provide includes the provision of legal advice, legal representation, or such other assistance as IHREC deems to be appropriate in the circumstances.

You can find their guidelines on applications for legal assistance here, and their application form here (Word file).

Community Law & Mediation

Community Law & Mediation is an independent community law centre providing free legal advice, advocacy, mediation and education services. Find out more and book an appointment here.

Employment Rights Advice

ERA is an independent, specialist employment law consultancy that focuses on employment law. They are a paid service but the ERA website contains a large amount of useful information.

International Protection Applicants

The comprehensive guide Know Your Rights contains detailed information about your rights under Irish law, when your rights and freedoms may be limited, how you can exercise your rights during your stay in Ireland as a protection applicant, and the international protection application process itself.

The document was developed by the Irish Refugee Council, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, and the National Adult Literacy Agency.

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