Below is an extract for the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 relating to annual leave and the obligations of the employer.
Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997
(1) The times at which annual leave is granted to an employee shall be determined by his or her employer having regard to work requirements and subject—
(a) To the employer taking into account—
(i) The need for the employee to reconcile work and any family responsibilities,
(ii) The opportunities for rest and recreation available to the employee,
(b) to the employer having consulted the employee or the trade union (if any) of which he or she is a member, not later than 1 month before the day on which the annual leave or, as the case may be, the portion thereof concerned is due to commence, and
(c) To the leave being granted within the leave year to which it relates or, with the consent of the employee, within the 6 months thereafter.
(2) The pay in respect of an employee’s annual leave shall—
(a) be paid to the employee in advance of his or her taking the leave,
(b) be at the normal weekly rate or, as the case may be, at a rate which is proportionate to the normal weekly rate, and
(c) in a case in which board or lodging or, as the case may be, both board and lodging constitute part of the employee’s remuneration, include compensation, calculated at the prescribed rate, for any such board or lodging as will not be received by the employee whilst on annual leave.Back to news