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This area of the site contains information on the areas of legislation for which the Department has responsibility.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is responsible for a number of different areas of legislation as follows :

Social Welfare Legislation

The social welfare legislation provides the basis for entitlement to a range of income supports for unemployed people, people with disabilities, carers and older people, as well as supports for families and for people in employment; liability for PRSI contributions and for a range of related matters.  The social welfare supports can be broadly divided into –

  • social insurance payments, which are funded by PRSI contributions paid by employees, their employers and the self-employed,
  • means-tested social assistance payments for people who have not paid PRSI contributions or who have insufficient PRSI, and
  • other supports which are not based on PRSI contributions or means-tested.

Occupational and Private Pensions Legislation

This legislation provides for the regulation of occupational and private pension schemes, trust RACs and Personal Retirement Savings Accounts (PRSAs) and provide the statutory basis for the Pensions Authority (formerly Pensions Board), the Pensions Council and the Pensions Ombudsman.  

Redundancy and Employer's Insolvency Legislation

The Redundancy Payments legislation provides for a minimum entitlement to a redundancy payment for an employee with a set period of service with his or her employer.  Redundancy payments are made from the Social Insurance Fund.

The Employers' Insolvency legislation implements the provisions of EU Directives 80/987 and 2002/74/EC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the protection of employees in the event of the insolvency of their employer.   Provision is made for the payment of certain outstanding entitlements relating to the pay of an employee where employment has been terminated because of an employer's insolvency.  Payments are made from the Social Insurance Fund.

Civil Registration and Gender Recognition Legislation

The Civil Registration legislation provides for the operation of the Civil Registration Service, including the registration of births, stillbirths, adoptions, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths.

The Gender Recognition Bill 2014, which was published in December 2014, provides for the legal recognition of the acquired gender of transgender persons. 

Citizens Information Board/Comhairle Legislation

The Comhairle legislation provides for the establishment of Comhairle as the national agency responsible for supporting the provision of information, advice and advocacy on social services.  The name of this agency was subsequently changed to the Citizens Information Board and this Board was given the additional functions of providing personal advocacy services to certain persons with disabilities and the provision of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service.

Last modified:04/11/2015