In the context of Government approved draft legislative proposals brought forward by Minister Mitchell O’Connor TD, Ibec Director of Employer Relations, Maeve McElwee said: “This crude, disproportionate, proposed Bill has significant adverse consequences which very few people would want. It would deprive employees and employers of the ability to make their own flexible working arrangements and to adapt to change collaboratively”.
Amongst the negative consequences arising from the proposed Bill are:
· Legislating for banded hours would have very negative effects for employers across all sectors, not least due to the disproportionate cost and administrative burden incurred in determining the average weekly hours worked by every employee, including salaried employees.
· The prospect that failure to comply, could quickly give rise to prosecution of a criminal offence is of grave concern to employers.