The 'Good Jobs' Employment Rights Bill

Consultation opened on 01 July 2024. Closing date 30 September 2024 at 17:00.


The Department for the Economy is seeking views on a range of policy areas relating to employment rights, aimed at realising the potential of the Minister’s Good Jobs ambition.


Consultation description

The consultation will explore a wide range of employment law changes that will help to:

  • improve terms of employment and pay and benefits
  • support working families and an improved work life balance
  • develop the voice and representation of employees in the workplace. 

Specific topics will relate to: 

  • replacing zero hours contracts with contracts that offer flexibility
  • examining the use of dismissal and re-engagement (‘fire and re-hire’) practices
  • explore how trade unions operate, particularly in low paying sectors
  • topics aimed at improving work-life balance such as the right to disconnect and expanding family-related leave provisions in matters such as neonatal care and carers’ leave. 

Please contact the department if you require this document in an alternative format.

Ministerial oral statement

On 1 July 2024, Economy Minister Conor Murphy made an oral statement, launching the consultation on how to ensure our employment framework supports Good Jobs:

Impact assessments

The related impact assessments are available at:

Ways to respond

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Employment Relations Policy & Legislation Teams
Department for the Economy
5th Floor,
Adelaide House
39-49 Adelaide Street

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