Employees (Provision of Information and Consultation) Act 2006
The Employees (Provision of Information and Consultation) Act 2006 transposes into Irish law the requirements of EU Directive 2002/14/EC and entitles employees in organisations with more than 50 employees to be covered by an information and consultation arrangement in their employment.
Code of Practice on Information and Consultation (SI. No. 132 of 2008)
In 2008 a code of practice on information and consultation was produced by the Labour Relations Commission under the Industrial Relations Act 1990. This seeks to assist employers, employees and their representatives to develop effective arrangements for communication and consultation in accordance with the provisions of the Employees (Provision of Information and Consultation) Act 2006.
Protection of Employment Act 1977 (as amended by S.I. No. 370 of 1996)
This Act requires the exchange of information and consultation between an employer proposing collective redundancies and employee representatives (see Termination of employment for more details).
Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts 1977 to 2001
This Act gives employee representatives in some parts of the public sector a right to seats on the board. There is no statutory requirement for board-level representation in the private sector in Ireland.
Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Act 1996
This Act transposes into Irish law the European Works Council Directive (94/45/EC) and establishes a right for employees of transnational companies with 4,000 or more employees, including at least 150 in two or more Member States, to be informed and consulted on company decisions at European level through their European Works Councils (EWCs).
A recast European Works Council Directive 2009/38/EC has been adopted more recently and the date of transposition is 5 June 2011. The objective of this is to modernise Community legislation on transnational information and consultation of employees, with a view to increasing the effectiveness of transnational information and consultation rights, resulting in an increase in the proportion of EWCs established.