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Pay Slips


All employees are entitled to receive a pay slip with every payment of wages. This pay slip should show gross wage (wage before deductions) and the nature and amount of each deduction.



An employer is allowed to make the following deductions from an employee’s wage:
Any deduction required or authorised by law (e.g. PAYE or PRSI) Any deduction authorised by the term of an employee's contract (e.g. pension contributions, or particular till shortages) Any deduction agreed to in writing in advance by the employee (e.g. health insurance subscription, sports and social club membership subscription).


Working Hours

The maximum an employee should work in an average working week is 48 hours. This working week average should be calculated over a four-month period. There are however some exceptions to this average period.


Employees are entitled to;

* A daily rest period of 11 consecutive hours per 24 hours
* A weekly rest period of 24 consecutive hours per seven days, following a daily rest period
* A 15-minute break if working 4.5 hours.
* A 30-minute break if working six hours.


Payment for breaks is not a statutory entitlement. Some industries are covered by Registered Employment Agreements (REA's) and Employment Regulation Orders (ERO's), which may contain regulations regarding breaks.


If not already included in the rate of pay, employees are generally entitled to a premium payment for Sunday working or paid time off in lieu. Some industries have REA’s containing regulations on Sunday working. Where there is no collective agreement in place, the employer should look at the closest applicable collective agreement, which applies to same or similar work under similar circumstances, which provides for a Sunday premium.


Annual Leave and Public Holidays


All employees, full-time, part-time, temporary or casual earn annual leave entitlements from the time they start work. Most employees are entitled to four weeks’ paid annual leave per leave year.


Your employer determines the timing of your annual leave, taking into consideration work and personal requirements and should consult you or your union in advance. Pay for the leave must be given in advance and calculated at the normal weekly rate.
Public Holidays


There are nine public holidays each year:

1. New Year’s Day
2. St. Patrick’s Day
3. Easter Monday
4. The first Monday in May
5. The first Monday in June
6. The first Monday in August
7. The last Monday in October
8. Christmas Day
9. St. Stephen’s Day


If the holiday falls on a day on which you normally work, you are entitled to either:

* A paid day off on the holiday
* A paid day off within a month
* An extra day’s pay
* An extra day’s annual leave


If the public holiday falls on a day on which you do not normally work, then you are entitled to one fifth of your normal weekly wage for that day.


If you are asked to work on the public holiday, then you are entitled to either;

* An additional day’s pay
* A paid day off within a month of the day
* An additional day of paid annual leave


Part-time employees qualify for public holiday entitlement provided they have worked at least 40 hours during the five weeks ending on the day before a public holiday.


Source: Employmentrights


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