Equality ruling impacts contracts translation requirements

Equality Ruling on Goode Concrete

Through an equality ruling on the 20th of May 2008, a labour court ruling has potentially far-reaching implications for employers of foreign workers in Ireland today.

Goode Concrete based in Dublin, Ireland was ordered by the Equality Tribunal to pay 290K to 58 members of staff based on the fact they did not have work contracts translated.

The tribunal stated that the company should have explained to workers their terms and conditions on employment in a language that was understandable to them.

The key elements of the decision were based on the fact that “their terms and conditions of employment and safety documentation were not set out in a language which was understandable to them” and that “there was no evidence that these terms and conditions of employment were explained to each of them by a person speaking a language they understood.”

With the SME employing 330,00 foreign nationals in Ireland, this ruling has significant impact on employers here.

The STAR Team