One of the most important matters for employees, concerns their rights in employment. Every employer must ensure that, through the employment contract, each employee is given the following information:
• Details of the employer and employee.
• The place of employment and the registered address of the employer.
• The position of the employee.
• The date of commencement of employment.
• The period of employment.
• The number of paid leave days which the employee is allowed.
• The period of hours per day or number of days of employment per week of the employee.
• Any collective agreements which govern the employment conditions of the employee.
Employees, whether working full time or part time have the same rights in relation to social insurance contributions, parental leave, sick leave and paid leave.
According to the Minimum Salary Order of 2012, the lowest gross monthly salary (from the 1st of April 2012) is €870 and after a continuous 6 month work period with the same employer, this rises to €924.
Hours of Employment:
The period worked by an employee must not exceed a total of 44 hours per week or eight (8) hours per day.
The following are exceptions to the above:
1. Cases of actual or imminent accident, force majeure, urgent work in mechanical and other facilities etc.
2. Cases of necessary labour to prevent damage to goods or any other risk to the technical results of the employer.
3. Special employment cases which include receipt of goods, balance sheet preparation, the settlement of accounts, clearing and balance sheet closure.