The use of contractors in the IT, pharmaceutical, health and engineering sectors has been promoted by both employers and recruitment firms. File photograph: PA Photo

State agencies are stepping up investigations into companies who employ workers as self-employed contractors on a bogus basis to cut their overheads. (...)

Amendments to the Government’s climate change legislation will take the bare look off its commitment to engage seriously with global warming issues at(...)

Activists have been calling for an 80 per cent reduction target in carbon emissions to be enshrined in Irish legislation, as it is in other European states. This has been resisted by the Irish Farmers’ Association, however. File photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The Government has bowed to criticism from environmental groups by moving to address the absence of specific emission targets in its climate change Bi(...)

Laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of BSE in a dairy cow in Co Louth, marking the first new case of the disease in Ireland for nearly two y(...)

Thousands turned out to march in Dublin city centre earlier this month to demand better working conditions for Dunnes Stores workers, following a one-day strike by workers in April over low-hour contracts and rights to collective bargaining. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Employers’ group Ibec has warned the Government not to legislate against minimum hour or flexible contracts, saying such a move could be detrimental t(...)

Danny McCoy, head of employers’ group Ibec, says the tradition of a single job with a single employer has become the exception. Photograph: Gary O’Neill

Labour markets must reflect the future realities of work life including the need for flexible working, whether part-time, fixed-term or other atypica(...)

The Minister for Education has named six new appointees to the board of NCAD, including Niamh Brennan, academic director of the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance. Photograph: The Irish Times

A new board has been announced for the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) aimed at strengthening its governance and financial controls after re(...)

Brendan Howlin, Minister for Publin Expenditure and Reform, speaking to the media outside  Lansdown House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In return for the increased earnings set out in the new Lansdowne Road agreement, unions will have to sign up to delivering greater productivity. T(...)

Senator Averil Power gets a hug after her resignation from the Fianna Fail aprty on the plinth outside Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she felt sympathetic towards former Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power and praised her “constructive” a(...)

The Small Firms Association chief executive Patricia Callan: says Ireland’s younger population relative to its European peers means there is no need to act now on a mandatory pension

The Small Firms Association is affiliated to employers’ lobby group Ibec. On that basis, it might not seem too surprising to hear it coming out strong(...)