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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Rights of seasonal and part-time workers

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This week, Declan Canty, Information Officer with Kerry Citizens Information outlines some of the rights and entitlements of seasonal and part-time workers.

A seasonal worker is a person who, for a limited period, works for a seasonal operation which is frequently found in the horticultural or agricultural sector. Other sectors, such as tourism and construction, are also included. Employees placed by an agency to carry out seasonal work are also in this category.

Terms of Employment

“Workers on seasonal work patterns have full access to the employment law provisions and to the terms and conditions of employment that employees are guaranteed under the law in Ireland," Declan said.

"Within five days of commencing employment, an employee must receive a written statement of the five core terms of their employment. In addition to this, employees must receive a full written statement of their terms and conditions of employment within two months of commencing employment.”

Wages and Pay

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum hourly pay rate that employers can legally pay their employees. It applies to full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees. The rates are age related, with the full rate of €10.50 per hour applying to those age 20 or over.

“If your employment is covered by an SEO or an ERO you may have an entitlement to a higher rate of pay. An employee is also entitled to a premium payment for Sunday working.”

A written statement of wages (payslip) must be given to every employee with every payment of wages or, if you are paid electronically, as soon as possible after an electronic transfer has taken place.

Working Hours

The legislation sets out the rules around maximum working hours and, also, daily and weekly rest breaks. In some industries, such as agriculture and tourism, the rest breaks and rest periods may differ. You can get more information by contacting your local CIC or looking up our website www.citizensinformation.ie.

Holiday Leave

All employees, whether they are full-time, part-time, temporary or seasonal, earn annual leave and public holiday entitlements from the time they commence employment. There are minimum statutory entitlements for all employees, including an entitlement to four weeks paid annual leave per leave year for most employees. However, employees’ holiday entitlements are calculated depending on time worked. “If you need help calculating your annual leave entitlements, feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to help.”

Public Holidays

In Ireland there are now 10 public holidays each year. From 2023, there will be a new public holiday on the first Monday in February and the first Monday in February each year thereafter, except where February 1 falls on a Friday in which case that Friday February 1 will be the public holiday. While full-time workers have an immediate entitlement to benefit for public holidays, part-time workers have entitlement to benefit when they have worked a total of 40 hours in the previous five weeks.

Part-Time Workers

You are a part-time worker if you have fewer normal working hours than a comparable full-time worker. A comparable full-time worker works for the same employer as you, and either:

* Does the same work as you, under the same or similar conditions
* Is interchangeable with you in relation to the work done (for example, you can substitute or fill in for one another)
* Does the same work or similar work to you, and any differences between your work and working conditions are insignificant
* Does work of equal value, or of lesser value, than you.

The law on part-time work is set out in the Protection of Employees (Part-Time Work) Act 2001. This Act applies to all part-time workers, including casual workers. Part-time employees’ entitlements are generally in proportion (pro-rata basis) to full-time employees’ entitlements. This means that they should be in proportion to your hours. Declan confirms that there are minimum periods of continuous service required for the purpose of Unfair Dismissal and Redundancy entitlements as per the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1973-2015, and the Redundancy Payments Act 2003.

For more information in relation to your employment rights please contact a member of the local Citizens Information Service in Kerry on 0818 07 7860 Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Alternatively you can email on tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie

The National Phone Service is available on 0818 07 4000 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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