What are an employee’s rights in relation to a zero hours contract?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 1 June 2010
Issues covered:

The rules prescribed by the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 (“the 1997 Act”) in relation to zero hours working practices are quite complex. In essence, if an employee’s contract of employment requires him or her to make him or herself available to work in a week either, for a certain number of hours, or as and when required by the employer, or both, then this is a zero hours contract. Where an employee is employed under such a contract, and the employer fails to require the employee to work at least 25% of the time that the employee is required to be available for work, then the employee will be entitled to payment for 25% of the contract hours or 15 hours, whichever is less.

Already a subscriber?

Click here to login and access the full article.

Don't miss out, register today!

Are you fully aware of the benefits of Legal-Island's Irish Employment Law Hub? We help thousands of people like you understand how the latest changes in Irish employment law impact your business through a mix of case law analysis and in-depth articles. All delivered right to your inbox.

We help you to understand the ramifications of each important case from Ireland and Europe.

We help you ensure that your organisation's policies and procedures are fully compliant with Irish law.

You will receive regular updates on Irish employment law including case law reviews, legislative changes, topical updates as well as answers to your burning questions through our Q&A feature.

You will have 24/7 access to the Employment Law Hub so you can research case law and HR issues when you need to.

Already a subscriber, now or Register

Back to Q&A's This article is correct at 02/09/2015

The information in this article is provided as part of Legal-Island's Employment Law Hub. We regret we are not able to respond to requests for specific legal or HR queries and recommend that professional advice is obtained before relying on information supplied anywhere within this article.


The main content of this article was provided by Matheson. Contact telephone number is +353 1 232 2000 or email dublin@matheson.com

View all articles by Matheson