Recording Working Hours – Your Questions Answered

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 3 May 2022
Colm Byrne
A&L Goodbody
Issues covered: Working Time; The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997

Are employers required to record employees' working hours?

Yes, The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 (the 1997 Act) imposes an obligation on employers to keep detailed records of their employees' daily and weekly working hours. Employers are required to keep these records for three years from the date they are made. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.

When it comes to keeping records of employees' hours of work, the 1997 Act is to be read alongside the Organisation of Working Time (Records) (Prescribed Form and Exemptions) Regulations 2001 (the 2001 Regulations). The 2001 Regulations expressly requires employers to keep records of "the days and total hours worked in each week by

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 03/05/2022

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.

Colm Byrne
A&L Goodbody

The main content of this article was provided by Colm Byrne. Contact telephone number is +353 1 649 2000 or email

View all articles by Colm Byrne