Labor and employment law

Advising on complex labor and employment law projects across geographies, EY teams support you throughout the entire evolution of your business, helping you to manage the people-related legal aspects of restructuring, mergers, takeovers and all types of business transformation.

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Deirdre leads EY Law Ireland’s employment law team, working across all EY service lines to offer clients integrated and seamless solutions.

In a disrupted working world, Deirdre advises global multinational and SME clients on strategic workforce planning, workforce restructuring and HR transactions.

What EY Law can do for you

Multinational companies must constantly transform their business operations to compete on the world scene and meet their business objectives. Change today is the only constant.

Workforce issues are a significant challenge in these multinational transformations as each country has different labor and employment laws.

Now more than ever, companies need to understand labor and employment laws to manage cost and risk, proactively identify potential hurdles, and facilitate efficient, timely and agile application of global or regional projects.

How we can help

EY Law practices, working with other EY member firms, have the multijurisdictional experience and knowledge to assist corporate leaders, where permitted, in the feasibility, design, application and coordination of transformation projects that span multiple countries. They can field and lead project teams comprising experienced lawyers and project management staff to help complete these business transformations in a timely and cost-efficient manner while also advising upon appropriate compliance with local labor and employment law regulations.

EY has ready access to detailed and continually updated information on a country-by-country basis about labor and employment laws and appropriate HR practices. In addition, our project teams can seek support from the EY network of experienced local employment lawyers to validate information or get more detailed advice where it is needed. All this considerably increases the level of coordination and consistency that, together with much-reduced response time, is a key differentiator in today’s marketplace.

The outcome

When restructuring operations or acquiring or selling businesses across borders, assessing feasibility and designing the HR consequences, multinational companies can benefit from the knowledge and experience of EY lawyers across the world.

We can give advice on the initial design of the restructuring or business transformation, as well as the entire range of related employment law compliance requirements, which can help you to manage the workforce aspects specific to your business needs and provide better control over the application timeline.

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  • RTE news: Remote Working Law Passed - what happens next?


    01 April 2023: The new Work Life Balance legislation passed through all stages of the Oireachtas last week. This law will introduce new employee rights around requesting remote and flexible working arrangements, as well as paid domestic violence leave for the first time in Ireland.  

    EY Law Ireland’s Deirdre Malone, partner and Head of Employment Law discusses the new legislation with Brian O’Donovan and confirms that this will be a gamechanger for employee rights in Ireland.

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    13 July 2022: The guidance in the recent Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021 “provides some much-needed clarity for employers which will allow them to finalise preparations for their first rounds of gender pay gap reporting later this year.”

    In this Irish Times Special Report, EY Law Ireland’s Deirdre Malone, partner and Head of Employment Law discusses the gender pay gap in Ireland and the recent legislation brought in to address reporting in this area.

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