What is the correct statutory definition of the words “Employer” and “Employee” and why are they important in employment law?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 6 August 2014
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox
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Currently, there is no single statutory definition for “employee” and “employer” in Ireland, and the terms are defined in numerous statutes, although the definitions can vary depending on the particular emphasis of the legislation, for example, the Payment of Wages Act 1991 or the Redundancy Payments Act 1967. 

Generally the definitions of these terms under various employment statutes are similar and tend not to deviate to any great extent from those set out in the Terms of Employee (Information) Act 1994 (the "1994 Act”). Under section 1(1) of the 1994 Act an employee is defined as a person who has entered into or works under a contract of employment, and

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Zelda Cunningham
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