Organisation of Working Time Act 1997

F13 [ Banded hours

18A

18A. (1) Where an employee s contract of employment or statement of terms of employment does not reflect the number of hours worked per week by an employee over a reference period, the employee shall be entitled to be placed in a band of weekly working hours specified in the Table to this section.

(2) In accordance with subsection (1) , where an employee believes that he or she is entitled to be placed in a band of weekly working hours, he or she shall inform the employer and request, in writing, to be so placed.

(3) The employee shall be placed by the employer in a band of weekly working hours from a date that is not greater than 4 weeks from the date the employee made the request under subsection (2) .

(4) The band of weekly working hours on which the employee is entitled to be placed shall be determined by the employer on the basis of the average number of hours worked by that employee per week during the reference period.

(5) An employer may refuse to place an employee on the band requested

( a ) where there is no evidence to support the claim in relation to the hours worked in the reference period,

( b ) where there has been significant adverse changes to the business, profession or occupation carried on by the employer during or after the reference period,

( c ) in circumstances to which section 5 applies, or

( d ) where the average of the hours worked by the employee during the reference period were affected by a temporary situation that no longer exists.

(6) This section shall not apply to banded hour arrangements which have been entered into by agreement following collective bargaining.

(7) An employee placed on a band of weekly working hours shall work hours the average of which shall fall within that band for a period of not less than 12 months following that placement.

(8) Where an employee believes that his or her employer has failed to place the employee in a band of weekly working hours in accordance with subsection (3), having been requested to do so under subsection (2) or unreasonably refused a request to be placed on a band of weekly working hours, the employee may make a complaint in accordance with Part 4 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 .

(9) A decision of an adjudication officer under section 41 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 in relation to a complaint of a failure to comply with this section shall do one or more of the following, namely

( a ) declare that the complaint was or, as the case may be, was not well founded, and

( b ) where the decision is that the complaint was well founded, require the employer to comply with this section and place the employee on the appropriate band of hours.

(10) Notwithstanding section 27(3)(c) , a decision in accordance with subsection (9)(b) shall not order an employer to pay compensation to the employee for the employer s failure to comply with this section.

(11) Either party to proceedings under subsection (8) may appeal a decision of an adjudication officer to the Labour Court in accordance with section 44 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 .

(12) A decision of the Labour Court under section 44 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 , on appeal from a decision of an adjudication officer referred to in this section shall affirm, vary or set aside the decision of the adjudication officer.

(13) Nothing in this section requires an employer to offer hours of work in a week where the employee was not expected to work, or requires an employer to offer hours of work in a week where the employer s regular occupation, profession or trade is not being carried out.

(14) In this section reference period means a period of 12 months after the commencement of employment with the employer and immediately before the employee makes a request under subsection (2) , and a continuous period of employment with that employer occurring immediately before the commencement of section 18 A shall be reckonable for the purposes of this section.

TABLE

Bands of weekly working hours

Band

From

To

A

3 hours

6 hours

B

6 hours

11 hours

C

11 hours

16 hours

D

16 hours

21 hours

E

21 hours

26 hours

F

26 hours

31 hours

G

31 hours

36 hours

H

36 hours and over ]