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




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

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 or log on to

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



Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]




Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]




Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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