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The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has published the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) (Amendment) Bill 2013.

The Bill will enable an employee of a public service body to be redeployed to a comparable post in another public service body following designation by the Public Appointments Service (PAS). The PAS will identify the most appropriate placement taking account of the competencies, qualifications, grade, pay, etc. of the person and the requirements of the post on offer.

The Bill also provides for the transfer of responsibility to meet superannuation liabilities to the receiving organisation and provides for the preservation of various statutory rights of employees that are linked to length of service, such Redundancy Acts, Unfair Dismissal Act, etc.

The Minister is also taking the opportunity afforded by the passage of this Bill to regularise the treatment of senior appointments to reflect the fact that open recruitment is now the norm for such posts.