Internships are technically meant to be a form of skills training. In recent years, however, “internship” has become shorthand for “unpaid job”. Photograph: Getty Images

“I once worked as a venue supervisor for one of the biggest arts festivals in the country as an unpaid intern,” says Martin. “I worked 14-hour shifts,(...)

Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Donnybrook bus depot. WRC director general Oonagh Buckley said while there had been “an uptick in the levels of industrial action”, this was coming from “an extraordinarily low base”.  Photograph: Eric Luke.

People should not be frightened that the country is going back to a 1970s-style era of strikes, the new head of the Workplace Relations Commission ha(...)

Most people don’t lodge their work-related employment claims immediately, but the clock starts ticking from the time of the incident, not when the complaint is made. Unless workers have a very good reason for a delay, six months is going to be a hard deadline in most cases

The creation of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has been called the biggest change to industrial relations and employment rights in 70(...)

“Introducing simpler and more cost-effective methods of enforcing awards must  be commended.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Workplace Relations Act 2015 which came into effect last month is intended to reform the employment law landscape in Ireland. Its aim is to delive(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The most fundamental reforms to the State’s industrial relations machinery in 70 years come into effect today. The five bodies responsible for dealin(...)

Almost 200 cases of were uncovered in the construction industry.   Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

State authorities have expressed concern at evidence of bogus self-employment and contracting work which may be depriving the Government of tax revenu(...)

Sinéad Pembroke works in Trinity College Dublin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery: “I can’t think about buying a house or starting a family”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A global shift has taken place since the financial crisis to more insecure jobs, according to the International Labour Organisation. Labour experts(...)

Joint Garda/social welfare checkpoint on Mallow to Cork road. Twenty members of the force joined the national unit earlier this year and are able to use their powers of arrest. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

It’s shortly after 9am and the benefit fraud team spots two builders working on the roof of a house in a suburban housing estate. “I’ve a funny feelin(...)

Ger Deering was the first commissioner for taxi regulation Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Former taxi regulator Ger Deering has been appointed as financial services ombudsman, replacing Bill Prasifka, who has completed a five-year term in t(...)

Patricia King  has been appointed as the new general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Photograph: The Irish Times/Frank Miller

Siptu vice president Patricia King is to be the new general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu), the umbrella body for the trade un(...)

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