CLM has published an FAQ on The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018, which was signed into law on Christmas Day 2018 and came into force on 4th March 2019. The legislation aims to address the challenges caused by the increased casualisation of work and to strengthen the regulation of precarious employment, particularly zero hour contracts.
The main objective of the Act is “to improve the security and predictability of working hours for employees on insecure contracts and those working variable hours”. It is especially important if you are in precarious employment, that is when you don’t know the hours you will be working from one week to the next. The Act also deals with banded hours. It says that you cannot be penalised by your employer for enforcing your rights, for example taking a case to the WRC.