Your Employment R UCD Students Union 25 th  October 2007
To achieve a national culture of employment rights compliance
How we will do this? <ul><li>By providing information on employment rights to employers and employees </li></ul><ul><li>By...
Do I have rights?
Extensive Employment Rights Legislation <ul><li>Industrial Relations Acts </li></ul><ul><li>Terms of Employment (Informati...
<ul><li>Terms and Conditions of employment  </li></ul><ul><li>Wages </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum Wage </li></ul><ul><li>Sunda...
Terms and Conditions of Employment   An employer must provide his/her employee with a written statement of terms and condi...
Terms of Employment  <ul><li>Name of employer and employee </li></ul><ul><li>Address of employer </li></ul><ul><li>Place o...
Wages   <ul><li>Right to a payslip with every wage payment setting out gross pay and all deductions </li></ul><ul><li>prot...
Minimum Wage <ul><li>An Experienced Adult employee is entitled to a minimum wage </li></ul><ul><li>This is an employee who...
Minimum Wage <ul><li>Minimum Wage Ra t es </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced Adult Employee  €  8. 65  per hour </li></ul><ul><...
Sunday Premium <ul><li>If not already included in the rate of pay, employees are entitled to a premium payment or paid tim...
Holidays <ul><li>All employees regardless of status or service have a statutory entitlement to paid annual leave.  Dependi...
Public Holidays <ul><li>Employees other than part time employees have an immediate entitlement to public holiday benefit <...
Rest Breaks <ul><li>11 consecutive hours daily rest per 24 hour period </li></ul><ul><li>One period of 24 hours consecutiv...
Maximum Working Hours The maximum average working week is  48 hours . This can be averaged as follows: Employees generally...
NERA Inspectorate <ul><li>The Inspectorate has an enforcement role under certain employment rights legislation.  Enforceme...
NERA Inspectorate <ul><li>Expanding and developing our Inspection Services </li></ul><ul><li>Increased number of inspector...
Rights Commssioner Service <ul><li>Is a service of the Labour Relations Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Rights Commissioners ...
Rights Commissioner complaints   <ul><li>Industrial Relations Acts </li></ul><ul><li>Terms of Employment Information Act <...
Employment Appeals Tribunal <ul><li>An independent body established to provide a speedy, fair, inexpensive and informal me...
<ul><li>Unfair Dismissal Acts </li></ul><ul><li>R edundancy Payments Acts </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum Notices Act </li></ul>...
Working to achieve a national culture  of employment rights compliance NERA  - OUR ROLE  To Recap:
How to contact us Contact Details: NERA Information Services  Lo-Call 1890 80 80 90  NERA Inspectorate Services  Lo-Call 1...
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Fiona Flood (NERA) - Student Talk In UCD, 25th October 2007

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The talk given by Fiona Flood of NERA to UCD students during UCDSU Employment Rights Week 2007 on October 25th, 2007.

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Fiona Flood (NERA) - Student Talk In UCD, 25th October 2007

  1. 1. Your Employment R UCD Students Union 25 th October 2007
  2. 2. To achieve a national culture of employment rights compliance
  3. 3. How we will do this? <ul><li>By providing information on employment rights to employers and employees </li></ul><ul><li>By monitoring a range of employment rights for all workers in Ireland through inspection </li></ul><ul><li>By enforcing those rights and seeking redress in case of non compliance </li></ul>
  4. 4. Do I have rights?
  5. 5. Extensive Employment Rights Legislation <ul><li>Industrial Relations Acts </li></ul><ul><li>Terms of Employment (Information) Act, 1994-2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Part-Time Work Act, 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Payment of Wages Act, 1991 </li></ul><ul><li>Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 </li></ul><ul><li>Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act, 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum Notice & Terms of Employment Acts, 1973 to 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Unfair Dismissals Act, 1977 to 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum Wage Act, 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Redundancy Payment Acts 1967 – 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer of Undertakings Regs 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Fixed Term Work Act 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Carer’s Leave Act, 2001 </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Terms and Conditions of employment </li></ul><ul><li>Wages </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum Wage </li></ul><ul><li>Sunday Premium </li></ul><ul><li>3. Holidays and Public Holidays </li></ul><ul><li>4. Rest Breaks </li></ul><ul><li>5. Maximum work hours </li></ul>Some Significant Employment Rights
  7. 7. Terms and Conditions of Employment An employer must provide his/her employee with a written statement of terms and conditions of employment within two months of the date of commencement of employment.  
  8. 8. Terms of Employment <ul><li>Name of employer and employee </li></ul><ul><li>Address of employer </li></ul><ul><li>Place of work </li></ul><ul><li>Job title/nature of work </li></ul><ul><li>Date of commencement of employment </li></ul><ul><li>Method of calculating pay </li></ul><ul><li>Whether a sick pay scheme operates </li></ul><ul><li>If you are a fixed term employee circumstances where your employment will come to an end </li></ul>Typical Information to be included in the Written Statement
  9. 9. Wages <ul><li>Right to a payslip with every wage payment setting out gross pay and all deductions </li></ul><ul><li>protection against unlawful deductions or non-payment of wages </li></ul><ul><li>Employers may not make deductions from wages unless: </li></ul><ul><li>deduction is required by law (Tax and Social Insurance) </li></ul><ul><li>deduction is made with the written consent of the employee (Trade Union subscription / Health Insurance) </li></ul><ul><li>deduction is provided for in the contract of employment (till shortages / breakages / provision or cleaning of uniform etc.) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Minimum Wage <ul><li>An Experienced Adult employee is entitled to a minimum wage </li></ul><ul><li>This is an employee who has any employment in any two years since age 18 (including employment outside Ireland) </li></ul><ul><li>Exceptions to minimum wage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trainees or apprentices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Those employed by close relative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note: Some industries have a higher minimum wage including the construction industry. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Minimum Wage <ul><li>Minimum Wage Ra t es </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced Adult Employee € 8. 65 per hour </li></ul><ul><li>Job Entrants (i.e. employment in first and second year since age 18) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First year € 6.92 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second year € 7.79 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Under 18s € 6.06 </li></ul><ul><li>Certain industries have a higher minimum wage including the construction industry </li></ul>
  12. 12. Sunday Premium <ul><li>If not already included in the rate of pay, employees are entitled to a premium payment or paid time off in lieu for Sunday Work </li></ul><ul><li>Premium payment should be equivalent to closest applicable collective agreement </li></ul><ul><li>Employees recruited to work on Sunday only are entitled to a premium rate </li></ul>
  13. 13. Holidays <ul><li>All employees regardless of status or service have a statutory entitlement to paid annual leave. Depending on time worked holiday entitlement is calculated by one of the following methods:- </li></ul><ul><li>4 working weeks where employee works 1365 hours in the leave year </li></ul><ul><li>One week annual leave for every three months worked (5 day week = 1.66 days per month worked) </li></ul><ul><li>8% of all hours worked to a maximum of four working weeks in the leave year </li></ul>
  14. 14. Public Holidays <ul><li>Employees other than part time employees have an immediate entitlement to public holiday benefit </li></ul><ul><li>Part Time employees must have worked at least 40 hours in the five week period immediately preceding the public holiday to qualify for public holiday benefit </li></ul><ul><li>In respect of a public holiday the employee is entitled to whichever of the following his/her employer determines: </li></ul><ul><li>a) a paid day off on that day </li></ul><ul><li>b) a paid day off within a month </li></ul><ul><li>c) an additional day of paid annual leave </li></ul><ul><li>d) an additional day’s pay </li></ul>
  15. 15. Rest Breaks <ul><li>11 consecutive hours daily rest per 24 hour period </li></ul><ul><li>One period of 24 hours consecutive rest per week – preceded by a daily rest period </li></ul><ul><li>15 minutes break if working more than 4 ½ hours; 30 minutes if working more than 6 hours, which may include the first break </li></ul><ul><li>Shop employees who work between hours of 11.30 am and 2.30 pm and who work more than six hours are entitled to a one hour continuous break </li></ul>
  16. 16. Maximum Working Hours The maximum average working week is 48 hours . This can be averaged as follows: Employees generally 4 months Seasonality 6 months Collective Agreement 12 months
  17. 17. NERA Inspectorate <ul><li>The Inspectorate has an enforcement role under certain employment rights legislation. Enforcement is achieved either by way of voluntary compliance or through legal proceedings </li></ul><ul><li>Inspectors have powers to: </li></ul><ul><li>enter premises and inspect wage sheets and other records </li></ul><ul><li>interview both employer and employee </li></ul><ul><li>recover arrears </li></ul><ul><li>take criminal / civil proceedings </li></ul>
  18. 18. NERA Inspectorate <ul><li>Expanding and developing our Inspection Services </li></ul><ul><li>Increased number of inspectors- 90 by end 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Inspectors with a range of language skills including </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Polish </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Latvian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lithuanian </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Rights Commssioner Service <ul><li>Is a service of the Labour Relations Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Rights Commissioners investigate disputes, grievances and claims that individuals or small groups of workers refer under a range of employment legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Investigations are carried out in private </li></ul><ul><li>Issue recommendations or decisions which can be appealed to the Labour Court or Employment Appeals Tribunal depending on the legislation </li></ul><ul><li>The Tribunal/Court then makes a determination which is legally binding and enforceable </li></ul>
  20. 20. Rights Commissioner complaints <ul><li>Industrial Relations Acts </li></ul><ul><li>Terms of Employment Information Act </li></ul><ul><li>Part-time Work Act </li></ul><ul><li>Payment of Wages </li></ul><ul><li>Organisation of Working Time Act </li></ul><ul><li>Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum Wage Act </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer of Undertakings </li></ul><ul><li>Fixed Term Work Act </li></ul><ul><li>Carer’s Leave Act </li></ul>
  21. 21. Employment Appeals Tribunal <ul><li>An independent body established to provide a speedy, fair, inexpensive and informal means to seek remedies for alleged infringements of statutory rights </li></ul><ul><li>Hearings are public and are held throughout the country </li></ul><ul><li>Written determinations of the Tribunal are final and conclusive subject only to the appropriate avenue of legal appeal </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Unfair Dismissal Acts </li></ul><ul><li>R edundancy Payments Acts </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum Notices Act </li></ul><ul><li>Organisation of Working Time Act </li></ul><ul><li>Appeals of Rights Commissioners Decisions under certain acts. </li></ul>Employment Appeals Tribunal Complaints
  23. 23. Working to achieve a national culture of employment rights compliance NERA - OUR ROLE To Recap:
  24. 24. How to contact us Contact Details: NERA Information Services Lo-Call 1890 80 80 90 NERA Inspectorate Services Lo-Call 1890 220 100 NERA Enforcement and Prosecution Services Lo-Call 1890 220 200 www.employmentrights.ie
  25. 25. Thank you for your attention

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