On-demand Training: Contract Variations - Essential Updates from the 2023 Regulations

On-demand Training: Contract Variations - Essential Updates from the 2023 Regulations

We are delighted to be able to bring you our best-selling Contract Variations 2023: Essential Update on the New Regulations course as on-demand training! 

The sessions included in this training course were recorded at a live event in April 2023 following the implementation of The European Union (Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions) Regulations 2022 (the “2022 Regulations”) on 16 December 2022 and the passing of the Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2022 by both Houses of the Oireachtas on 29th March 2023.  The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023 (the “2023 Act”) was signed by the President of Ireland on 4th April 2023. At the time of the event, the provisions of the 2023 Act were not yet in place but are expected to fully come into force in 2023 so future planning is imperative.

The 2022 Regulations introduced significant changes to how contracts of employment and terms and conditions of employment operate. They create new employee rights and amend employers’ obligations under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997, the Terms of Employment (Information) Act 1994 and the Protection of Employees (Fixed-Term Work) Act 2003.

The 2023 Act was introduced in order to give further effect to the EU Directive on work-life balance for parents and carers, as well as making amendments to the Parental Leave Act 1998 and Maternity Protection Act amongst others. In addition, the 2023 Act for the first time in Ireland introduced the right to request remote working and domestic violence leave.

By the end of this course, you should have a good understanding of all the legislative changes that impact contracts of employment in 2023 as well as what the 2022 Regulations entail, and an overview of the changes in the 2023 Act. This course provides practical guidance on how to manage these legislative changes in respect to varying contracts of employment to ensure your business is up to date and fully compliant with Irish employment law.


Each session includes a video that lasts between 25 - 40 minutes and is accompanied by PowerPoint slides.  These supporting slides are included underneath the video in each session.  We have provided a written copy of the questions and answers that arose during the event and they can be found in the section after the four sessions.

There are 4 sessions in total which take you on a journey on what is changing about employment contracts in 2023 following significant legislative changes in the Irish employment law landscape in 2022 and 2023.

We hope that you enjoy this on-demand training course. 

More About the Contract Variations On-Demand training

2022 was a watershed year for laws on employment contracts in Ireland and there’s many more changes to come in 2023. We have seen EU Directives brought into force that require changes to transparency of working conditions, a limit on probation periods, the need to balance the needs of work and life and laws on what must happen if wages include tips or gratuities. All of this on top of the introduction of statutory sick pay, amendments to whistleblowing legislation and of course, the continuation of hybrid working for many employees.

The continued reality of hybrid / remote / flexible working for many employees, mean that employers will be facing several changes to the way employment contracts are written and operate in 2023, together with significant legislative changes introduced by EU Directives and new legislation in Ireland.

Why is this On-Demand training important for YOU?

It is imperative for you to be aware of all the substantial legislative changes in Ireland that impact contracts of employment to ensure compliance. Our speakers provide a comprehensive overview of all the changes that impact employment contracts in 2023 including the transparent and predictable working conditions; remote and flexible working; statutory sick pay; protected disclosures; minimum wage and living wage and tips and gratuities.

The low-key introduction of the 2022 Regulations just before Christmas masked the significant the changes that they have introduced particularly on contracts of employment and terms and conditions of employment. One key change is how probationary periods are managed. Our speakers provide you with an update on how to make probationary periods work for you in 2023 and best practice guidelines and top tips on how best to manage them.

The Irish President signed the 2023 Act on 4th April 2023 with some significant changes to the world of work in Ireland. You need to be familiar with the provisions of the 2023 Act; how it impacts remote and flexible working and make necessary preparations now for its eventual enforcement.

Make no mistake – these are some of the most important changes in employment legislation in the history of the State. This course will allow you to get to grips with all the changes you need to know for existing employees and new recruits regarding contracts of employment.

After attending you will:

  • Have a better awareness of the European Union (Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions) Regulations 2022 and the implications for employers in Ireland
  • Gain an understanding of best practice in managing probationary periods
  • Forward plan for the Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023 so employers can begin to prepare for the eventual enforcement of all provisions
  • Identify how the legislative changes impact employment contracts and policies and when and how they should be amended to ensure full compliance
  • Identify the challenges of varying contracts of employment and receive practical solutions
  • Receive best practices & top tips from expert employment lawyers to ensure compliance is at the forefront of your 2023/24 business agenda
  • Benefit from a comprehensive pack of notes

What you’ll get from this On-Demand training

This on-demand training, held in association with RDJ LLP includes 4 recorded sessions plus detailed slides, best practice guidance, top tips, Q&As and practical solutions. 

Who will benefit from this On-Demand training?

HR professionals and anyone else within an organisation with responsibility for employment contracts, policies, risk assessment, compliance, and governance. Any solicitors, in-house lawyers or other representatives who advise on the law.


Session 1

Context: What’s Changing about Employment Contracts in Ireland?  Michelle Ryan, RDJ LLP

Session 2 

Making the Probationary Period Work for You – Best Practice on how to Manage Probationary Periods and Contracts of Employment. Sinead Morgan, RDJ LLP

Session 3

Contract Clinic for Employers: Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Regulations 2022. Michelle Ryan, RDJ LLP

Session 4

Other Changes Affecting Employment Contracts in Ireland in 2023: Hybrid, Remote and Flexible Working. Sinead Morgan, RDJ LLP


Speakers were fantastic - particularly Michelle Ryan, RDJ LLP - really clear and helpful advice." Legal Counsel at Dell Technologies

Easy break down of information easy to digest, also questions covered afterwards very informative."
Clerical Offcier, Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board


  • Michelle Ryan
    Michelle Ryan Partner

    Michelle is a Partner, practising as part of RDJ’s Employment law team. She has wide ranging experience advising on all aspects of employment law. Michelle also has built specialist expertise in Data Protection and Privacy issues and is a member of RDJ’s Cyber and Data Protection Team.

  • Sinead Morgan
    Sinead Morgan Senior Associate

    Sinead is a Senior Associate, practising as part of the Employment Law Team. She has significant advisory experience providing prompt practical employment advice to employers and HR practitioners on areas such as employee benefits, grievance and disciplinary processes, redundancy and restructuring processes, dismissals, Covid-19 related issues, health and safety and GDPR issues. She takes a hands-on approach when dealing with clients with an emphasis on mitigating risk. She has advised across a range of sectors from retail and manufacturing to biotech, outsourcing and start-ups.

    Sinead has a strong background dealing with contentious matters and regularly represents employers before the Workplace Relations, Labour Court and High Court in a variety of disputes to include misconduct dismissals and redundancies.

    Sinead has experience drafting, tailoring and updating employment contracts, policies and handbooks for clients to address their specific needs. She also develops bespoke training sessions for clients on topical issues impacting on their businesses.

    Sinead also works with our corporate team in completing due diligence projects and addressing employment and TUPE issues at various stages from tenders to post completion queries.

Event details


Half day - Complete at your own pace


01 May 2023




Standard Rate: €195