Starting Employment – Day five statement
Within five days of starting work, all employees must get a written statement of the following core terms of employment:
This is as well as the full written statement of terms of employment which must be given within two months of starting the job.
Working Hours – Zero Hours
The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 (OWTA) is amended to prohibit zero hour contracts except in the following circumstances:
Minimum payment in certain circumstances
A new minimum payment will apply when an employee on a zero hours contract, is called in to work and does not receive the expected hours of work.
The minimum payment is calculated as three times the national minimum hourly rate of pay or three times the minimum hourly rate of pay set out in an Employment Regulation Order (if one exists for that sector and for as long as it remains in force).
The already existing method of payment (at least 25% of the contract hours or 15 hours) continues to apply overall
Banded Hours provisions
The bands of hours are as follows:
|A||3 Hours||6 Hours|
|B||6 Hours||11 Hours|
|C||11 Hours||16 Hours|
|D||16 Hours||21 Hours|
|E||21 Hours||26 Hours|
|F||26 Hours||31 Hours|
|G||31 Hours||36 Hours|
|H||36 Hours and over|
Annual leave and certified sick leave
From the first day in a job, employees are building up holiday entitlements even if they are on certified sick leave and whether they are part-time or full time. If an employee is on certified sick leave at the end of the leave year the annual leave they have earned and have not been able to take is carried over and available to take for the next 15 months.
Family friendly leave
Maternity leave and premature birth
Mothers of premature babies born over two weeks before their due date are entitled to extend their maternity leave by the difference between the birth date and the date maternity leave was due to start. Ordinarily maternity leave commences no later than two weeks before the due date.
Paternity leave of two weeks is available to a relevant parent within 26 weeks of the birth of their child. A paternity benefit payment is available for qualifying relevant parents from the Department of Employment and Social protection.
The maximum period of parental leave increased from 18 to 22 weeks from 1 September 2019, and increases again to 26 weeks from 1 September 2020. The age of the child for which parental leave is available has increased from 8 to 12 years. For a child with a disability the parental leave age threshold remains unchanged and is available up to the age of 16.