2 . I work full-time. Will my statutory leave entitlements be affected if I opt for a work life balance working arrangement that involves a reduction in my working hours?
The Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 provides minimum legally enforceable entitlements for all employees to holidays and public holidays.
All employees, regardless of status or employment service, have an entitlement to paid holidays from their employer based on time worked.
The minimum holiday entitlement for an employee, who works at least 1,365 hours per year, is 4 working weeks.
If an employee works less than 1,365 hours per year, the entitlement to paid holidays is calculated at 8% of the hours worked, subject to a maximum of 4 working weeks.
Employees, other than part-time/casual employees, are entitled to public holiday benefits. There are nine 9 public holidays as follows:
- Christmas Day,
- St. Stephen's Day,
- St. Patrick's Day,
- Easter Monday,
- First Monday in May,
- First Monday in June
- First Monday in August
- Last Monday in October, and
- 1st of January.
Part-time/casual employees must have worked 40 hours in the 5 weeks that end on the day before the particular public holiday, in order to qualify for that public holiday.
When an employee is entitled to public holiday benefit such an employee is entitled to whichever of the following that is determined by the employer:
- a paid day off on that day
- a paid day off within a month of that day
- an additional day of annual leave
- an additional day's pay.
More detailed information on holiday and public holiday entitlements may be obtained by contacting the Employment Rights Information Unit at Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Davitt House, 65A Adelaide Road, Dublin 2- telephone number (01) 631 3131 or if telephoning from outside the Dublin area, Lo call 1890 220222 and ask for extension number 3131. An explanatory booklet entitled "Information on Holidays and Public Holidays" is also available on request or may be accessed on the Department's website at www.entemp.ie under 'publications' (employment rights information).