Published by Bloomsbury Professional, the Arthur Cox Employment Law Yearbook 2018 is designed to provide the latest information on areas that affected employment law in Ireland in 2018. It is a unique, up-to-date resource for lawyers, human resource professionals, management, public and private sector employers, employees and trade unionists, for whom keeping up to date in employment law is an ever-present challenge.  The 2018 Yearbook reflects the increasing expansion of a complex corpus of employment law. The Arthur Cox Employment Law Yearbook 2018 is available to purchase on-line from Bloomsbury Professional by clicking here.

The Practice

Arthur Cox has Ireland’s largest employment law practice. The Employment Law practice group provides an extensive range of legal services to clients on all aspects of national and EU employment law, industrial relations and employee benefits.

At Arthur Cox we favour a partnership approach and work very closely with our clients to find practical, effective and creative solutions to their problems. The group prides itself on having a very strong commercial approach to problem-solving.

Our Employment Law Group is consistently top ranked in the areas of Employment / Labour Law and Industrial Relations. The group is an established market leader in its field with considerable experience in advising on a vast range of complex employment issues for a wide variety of clients at both national and global levels.

The fact that we have an office in Belfast means that our clients have the benefit of a complete all island service where employment issues involve both jurisdictions in Ireland.

The Expertise

As the following list will show our Employment Law practice group have extensive experience in dealing with every aspect of the employer – employee relationship and all applicable Irish legislation, our expertise includes:

  • Atypical work arrangements (part time, fixed term, job-sharing, flexible working, home-working, etc)
  • Bullying, Harassment and Victimisation – Dignity at Work
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Dismissals, Disciplinary and Performance management
  • Drafting, reviewing and revising Employment Contracts, Staff Handbooks and Employee handbooks
  • Employee benefits and pensions
  • Employee Privacy and Whistleblowing issues
  • Employment Equality, Discrimination and Equal Status issues
  • Employment Agencies and Agency Workers
  • Equal Pay
  • Executive Service Contracts
  • Executive Severance Packages
  • Harmonisation of employee terms and conditions
  • Health and Safety
  • High Court litigation and employment injunctions
  • Immigration and employment permits (work permits, intra-company transfers and green cards)
  • Industrial Relations Acts
  • Information and consultation
  • Managing sickness absence
  • Organisation of Working Time
  • Outsourcing arrangements
  • Payment of Wages
  • Personnel policies and procedures
  • Post-termination restrictions, non-compete and non-solicitation clauses
  • Protective leave
  • Redundancy including collective redundancies
  • Restrictive covenant drafting and enforcement
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Strikes, lawful and unlawful picketing, secondary picketing and other forms of industrial action
  • Termination of Employment
  • Trade disputes and dealing with Trade Unions
  • Transfer of undertakings
  • Unfair Dismissals
  • Workplace diversity and Discrimination

Our team are experienced in managing all forms of employment disputes including unfair dismissals and other statutory claims before the Employment Appeals Tribunal, the Rights Commissioner Service, the Labour Relations Commission, the Labour Court and the Equality Tribunal, as well as all forms of civil claims including claims for breach of contract, wrongful dismissal, injunctions restraining dismissal and restraint of trade injunctions before all levels of the civil courts including the High Court and Supreme Court.

Our team also deal with all employment law aspects of commercial transactions, mergers, acquisitions and business disposals (whether by share or asset sale or purchase), employment due diligence and the legal requirements on and obligations of vendors and purchasers under transfer of undertakings legislation.

Our Employment Law practice group are also nominated advisors to the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA).

We are familiar with all employment law legislation including the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977 to 2007; the Redundancy Payments Acts 1967 to 2007; the Terms of Employment (Information) Act 1994 to 2001, the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts 1973 to 2005; the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997; the Protection of Employment Acts 1977 to 2007, the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003, the Payment of Wages Act 1991, the Protection of Employees (Part-time Work) Act 2001, the National Minimum Wage Act 2000, the Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004, the Protection of Employees (Fixed Term Work) Act 2003, the Carer’s Leave Act 2001, the Parental Leave Acts 1998 and 2006, the European Communities (Protection of Employees of Transfer of Undertakings) Regulations, 2003, the Adoptive Leave Act 1995 and the Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2004.


We act for a wide variety of clients including private companies, plcs, State agencies and public sector companies, Government departments, multi-nationals, start-up enterprises, hospitals, schools, universities and other third level institutions, State and statutory bodies.
We predominantly act for employers but also act for senior executives and directors.We regularly advise clients on matters in conjunction with in-house legal counsel in leading companies and organisations.
We provide special in-house training on all aspects of employment law and update our clients on new and recent developments in legislation.

Employment and Industrial Relations Northern Ireland Practice