Written answers

Thursday, 17 November 2022

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Business Supports

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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133. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will clarify the holiday entitlements of employees under the employment wage subsidy scheme; and the way in which it should have been calculated. [57190/22]

Photo of Damien EnglishDamien English (Meath West, Fine Gael)
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The Department of Finance have responsibility for the employment wage subsidy scheme. I can confirm that the scheme did not affect any legal obligation that an employer had to their employee.

The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 sets out the key parameters around the taking of annual leave and payment of same. The terms and conditions of individual employment contracts may provide additional specifics within those parameters such as stipulations in relation to the entitlement to extra days' leave above what is statutorily required by the Act.

Section 19 of the Act provides that an employee shall be entitled to paid annual leave equal to:

(a) 4 working weeks in a leave year in which he or she works at least 1,365 hours (unless it is a leave year in which he or she changes employment),

(b) One third of a working week for each month in the leave year in which he or she works at least 117 hours, or

(c) 8 per cent of the hours he or she works in a leave year (but subject to a maximum of 4 weeks).

Where an individual believes they are being deprived of employment rights applicable to employees they may refer a complaint to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) where the matter can be dealt with by way of mediation or adjudication leading to a decision that is enforceable through the District Court. WRC inspectors can also be asked to investigate certain breaches. Complaints can be made on a single online complaint form available at the WRC’s website www.workplacerelations.ie


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