SECTION TWO

YOUR WORKING TIME – BREAKS, RESTS and HOLIDAYS

 

  1. Your terms and conditions (contract) should specify the dates and times that you are to work. Otherwise, your employer is obliged to provide you with details of the times you have to work, at least 24 hours beforehand.
  2. You are entitled to breaks during your work and rest periods between work as follows:
Time worked Break entitlement   Work Period Rest period
4.5 hours 15 minutes   24 hours 11 hours
 6 hours 30 minutes   7 consecutive days 24 consecutive hours
  1.  If your employer requires you to work on a Sunday, and this has not been taken account of when calculating your pay, you are entitled to either
  • An allowance
  • An increase in your rate of pay
  • Paid time off
  • Combination of the above

 

  1. There are nine public holidays in the Republic of Ireland, as follows:

New Year’s Day (January 1st ); St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th); Easter Monday; First Monday in May, in June and in August; Last Monday in October; Christmas Day (December 25th) and St. Stephen’s Day (December 26th).

On public holidays, you are entitled to either:

  • A paid day off on that day OR
  • A paid day off within a month of the public holiday OR
  • An additional day’s leave OR
  • An additional day’s pay

You need to have worked at least 40 hours in the last 5 weeks before the public holiday to be entitled to this. It is up to your employer to decide which of the 4 you receive.

 

  1. MAXIMUM WORKING HOURS
  • Your employer is prohibited from making you work more than 48 hours a week for each 7day period.
  • If you are a night worker – i.e. you work between midnight and 7a.m - your employer cannot make you work more than an 8 hour shift.

 

  1. You are entitled to paid annual leave (holidays). The number of holiday days you are entitled to can be calculated in one of the following ways:
  • four weeks, if you work 1,365 hours or more per year
    (equivalent of 34 full weeks of 40 hours)
  • 8% of the hours you work, based within a four week period. (max of 4 weeks)
  • 1/3 of the working week for each month in which you work at least 117 hours

NB There are specific rules in relation to young people (under the age of 18) working, as outlined below:

SUMMARY AGE/ TIME LIMITS FOR WORKING

Every year that you spend in education or training increases the amount that you can earn. It is preferable not to take paid employment that interferes with your education.

Age During school term During Holidays Earliest/Latest Time of Work
14 NO WORK 35 HRS A WEEK Earliest 8.00 am/

Latest 8.00 pm

Parental permission

15 8 HOURS PER WEEK 35 HRS PER WEEK
16-17 Not applicable Earliest 6.00 am  Latest 10.00pm if school next morning

11.00pm otherwise

 

NOTES:If you are ill on a day which you have taken as annual leave, and you give your employer a doctor’s certificate, then this is not regarded as annual leave. If you cease to be employed by your employer, and you have annual leave owing to you, you are entitled to be paid at the normal rate for that time owed.