On 29 September, John Curran, T.D., Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach, announced the Government’s Legislative Programme for the Dáil Session. There are currently 25 Bills before the Dail and Seanad. Four of these bills pertain to the area of employment and immigration.
The Employment Law Compliance Bill 2008, which puts the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) on a statutory footing, is still currently at ‘Awaiting Committee stage’. It was anticipated that the Bill would be enacted before the end of 2010. However, it would now appear that it may not be enacted until sometime in 2011.
In earlier stages of the legislative process are the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2010, Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2009, and Employment Agency Regulation Bill 2009.
The Heads of the Transfer of Undertakings (Pensions) Bill have yet to be approved by the Government. This Bill will transpose the optional pensions provision of the Transfer of Undertakings Directive. Whilst publication is expected, it is not possible to indicate any time-frame at this stage.