Good Jobs Employment Rights Bill

Closes 30 Sep 2024

Opened 1 Jul 2024


Purpose of this consultation

This consultation seeks to gather opinion from the public, stakeholders and interested parties on a range of employment rights with a view to enhancing the Employment Law framework in the north of Ireland and ensuring it is fit for purpose. Specific objectives are in place around replacing zero hours contracts with contracts that offer flexibility & protect workers’ rights* and the removal of unfair barriers for trade unions, particularly in low paying sectors. The consultation also seeks views on a wider range of employment law changes that will help to improve terms of employment, pay and benefits, voice and representation and promote a healthy work-life balance.

Workers' Rights

When we refer to ‘protecting workers’ rights’ we are using the term ‘worker’ as a collective term covering employee and worker, although these descriptors means different things when referring to someone’s employment status and specific employment rights. Employment status is someone’s legal status at work. It affects what employment rights they are entitled to and their employer’s responsibilities. There are 3 main types of employment status: employee, worker and self-employed. People with ‘employee’ employment status have more employment rights than workers or self-employed people and have more obligations towards their employer. People with ‘worker’ employment status have some employment rights, but not as many as employees. Self-employed status is not defined in employment law but is usually a person who is their own boss. It’s a category used by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for tax purposes. Further information is available in the glossary attached to this consultation and where, relevant this consultation, will highlight those rights which are specific to employees only.


Why your views matter

Responses to this consultation will help us determine:

  • How to develop a legislative framework which enhances the Employment Law framework in the north of Ireland and ensure it is fit for purpose.
  • Changes that may improve terms of employment, pay and benefits, voice and representation and promote a healthy work-life balance.
  • The regulatory, equality and other impacts of the policy.


Give us your views


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  • Carers
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  • Staff
  • All Stakeholders


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