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Protection of Employment (Exceptional Collective Redundancies and Related Matters) Act 2007

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Number 27 of 2007


PROTECTION OF EMPLOYMENT (EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTIVE REDUNDANCIES AND RELATED MATTERS) ACT 2007


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART 1

Preliminary and General

Section

1. Short title, construction and collective citation.

2. Definitions.

3. Duration of effect of Part 2 and related matters.

PART 2

Exceptional Collective Redundancies

4. What constitutes exceptional collective redundancies.

5. Redundancy Panel.

6. Reference to Redundancy Panel.

7. Request by Minister for opinion of Labour Court.

8. Hearings, and giving of opinions, by Labour Court.

9. Effect of opinion.

10. Extension of time during which dismissal may not take place.

PART 3

Amendments of the Protection of Employment Act 1977

11. Amendment of section 2 (interpretation) of the Protection of Employment Act 1977.

12. Amendment of section 9 (obligation on employer to consult employees’ representatives) of the Protection of Employment Act 1977.

13. Further amendments (penalties) of the Protection of Employment Act 1977.

PART 4

Amendments of the Redundancy Payments Act 1967

14. Amendment of section 2 (interpretation) of the Redundancy Payments Act 1967.

15. Amendment of section 4 (classes of persons to which this Act applies) of the Redundancy Payments Act 1967.

16. Amendment of section 7 (general right to redundancy payment) of the Redundancy Payments Act 1967.

17. Amendment of section 38 (decisions by deciding officers) of the Redundancy Payments Act 1967.

18. Amendment of section 39 (Redundancy Appeals Tribunal and appeals and references thereto) of the Redundancy Payments Act 1967.

19. Further amendments (penalties) of the Redundancy Payments Act 1967.

PART 5

Amendments of the Redundancy Payments Act 1971

20. Repeal of section 3 (provisions relating to persons reaching qualifying age for old age pension) of the Redundancy Payments Act 1971.

21. Amendment of section 16 (offences relating to payments under Principal Act) of the Redundancy Payments Act 1971.

PART 6

Amendments of the Redundancy Payments Act 1979

22. Amendment of section 1 (definitions) of the Redundancy Payments Act 1979.

23. Repeal of section 5 (provisions relating to persons reaching qualifying age for old age pension) of the Redundancy Payments Act 1979.

PART 7

Amendments of the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977

24. Amendment of section 1 (definitions) of the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977.

25. Amendment of section 2 (exclusions) of the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977.

26. Amendment of section 5 (dismissal by way of lock-out or for taking part in strike) of the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977.

PART 8

Amendments of the Employment Equality Act 1998

27. Amendment of section 17 (compliance with statutory requirements, etc.) of the Employment Equality Act 1998.


Acts Referred to

Employment Equality Act 1998

1998, No. 21

Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004

Equality Act 2004

2004, No. 24

European Parliament Elections Act 1997

1997, No. 2

Industrial Relations Act 1946

1946, No. 26

National Minimum Wage Act 2000

2000, No. 5

Protection of Employees (Part-Time Work) Act 2001

2001, No. 45

Protection of Employment Act 1977

1977, No. 7

Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act 1996

1996, No. 16

Redundancy Payments Act 1967

1967, No. 21

Redundancy Payments Act 1971

1971, No. 20

Redundancy Payments Act 1979

1979, No. 7

Redundancy Payments Acts 1967 to 2003

Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005

2005, No. 26

Taxes Consolidation Act 1997

1997, No. 39

Unfair Dismissals Act 1977

1977, No. 10

Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977 to 2005

Unfair Dismissals (Amendment) Act 1993

1993, No. 22

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Number 27 of 2007


PROTECTION OF EMPLOYMENT (EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTIVE REDUNDANCIES AND RELATED MATTERS) ACT 2007


AN ACT TO MAKE PROVISION, CONSEQUENT ON THE CONCLUSION OF THE TEN-YEAR FRAMEWORK SOCIAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT 2006-2015 KNOWN AS “TOWARDS 2016”, FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A REDUNDANCY PANEL AND THE REFERENCE TO IT OF CERTAIN PROPOSED COLLECTIVE REDUNDANCIES AND FOR RELATED ACTION BY THE MINISTER FOR ENTERPRISE, TRADE AND EMPLOYMENT, INCLUDING THE OBTAINING FROM THE LABOUR COURT OF OPINIONS ON THE NATURE OF PROPOSED COLLECTIVE REDUNDANCIES; TO REMOVE THE UPPER AGE LIMIT FOR ENTITLEMENT TO REDUNDANCY PAYMENTS; TO MAKE CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS OF THE PROTECTION OF EMPLOYMENT ACT 1977, THE REDUNDANCY PAYMENTS ACT 1967, THE REDUNDANCY PAYMENTS ACT 1971, THE REDUNDANCY PAYMENTS ACT 1979, THE UNFAIR DISMISSALS ACT 1977 AND THE EMPLOYMENT EQUALITY ACT 1998; AND TO MAKE FURTHER AMENDMENTS OF THOSE ACTS TO UPDATE PENALTIES AND FOR PURPOSES OF STATUTE-LAW REVISION.

[8th May, 2007]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS: