Annual Leave Entitlements as outlined in the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997

Annual Leave Entitlements as outlined in the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997

From April 1st 1999, employees annual leave must be calculated by one of the following methods:

(i)             where an employee works at least 1,365 hours in a leave year, the employee is entitled to 4 working weeks annual leave (20 days min)

If the number of hours worked is less than 1,365, annual leave must be calculated as follows:

(ii)           where an employee works at least 117 hours in a calendar month, they are entitled to 1/3 of a working week for that month.  (For example, if an employee works 120 hours per month, and the normal working week is 4-days (30 hours per week), the employee is entitled to 10 hours per month.  This equates to 120 hours per annum or 4 working weeks).

Or

(iii)          8% of the total hours worked in a leave year, subject to a maximum of 4 working weeks per annum.

NB:     If an employee is covered by more than one of the above calculation methods, he/she will be entitled to whichever separate calculation results in the greater amount of annual leave.

For further information on calculation of annual leave contact info@kala.ie or call 01 406 14 75.

Written by Gillian Donohoe MSC FCIPD, Managing Director, Kala Management Solutions Limited. 

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