Organisation of Working Time Act 1997

Weekly rest periods.

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13. (1) In this section “ daily rest period” means a rest period referred to in section 11 .

(2) Subject to subsection (3), an employee shall, in each period of 7 days, be granted a rest period of at least 24 consecutive hours; subject to subsections (4) and (6), the time at which that rest period commences shall be such that that period is immediately preceded by a daily rest period.

(3) An employer may, in lieu of granting to an employee in any period of 7 days the first-mentioned rest period in subsection (2), grant to him or her, in the next following period of 7 days, 2 rest periods each of which shall be a period of at least 24 consecutive hours and, subject to subsections (4) and (6)

( a) if the rest periods so granted are consecutive, the time at which the first of those periods commences shall be such that that period is immediately preceded by a daily rest period, and

( b) if the rest periods so granted are not consecutive, the time at which each of those periods commences shall be such that each of them is immediately preceded by a daily rest period.

(4) If considerations of a technical nature or related to the conditions under which the work concerned is organised or otherwise of an objective nature would justify the making of such a decision, an employer may decide that the time at which a rest period granted by him or her under subsection (2) or (3) shall commence shall be such that the rest period is not immediately preceded by a daily rest period.

(5) Save as may be otherwise provided in the employee’s contract of employment—

( a) the rest period granted to an employee under subsection (2), or

( b) one of the rest periods granted to an employee under subsection (3),

shall be a Sunday or, if the rest period is of more than 24 hours duration, shall include a Sunday.

(6) The requirement in subsection (2) or paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (3) as to the time at which a rest period under this section shall commence shall not apply in any case where, by reason of a provision of this Act or an instrument or agreement under, or referred to in, this Act, the employee concerned is not entitled to a daily rest period in the circumstances concerned.

Annotations

Modifications (not altering text):

C9

Application of section restricted (1.10.2015) by Organisation of Working Time (Non-Application of Certain Provision to Persons Performing Mobile Road Transport Activities) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 342 of 2015), reg. 3.

Non-application of Act

3. Sections 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16 of the Act do not apply to persons performing mobile road transport activities as defined in Directive 2002/15/EC.

Editorial Notes:

E67

Compliance notice procedure in respect of section provided (1.10.2015) by Workplace Relations Act 2015 (16/2015), s. 28(17) and sch. 4, S.I. No. 410 of 2015.

E68

Declared unconstitutional: Industrial Relations Act 1946 (26/1946), ss. 42, 43 and 45 and Industrial Relations Act 1990 (19/1990), s. 48 purported to allow the making of employment regulation orders under which application of this section could be restricted. These provisions and employment regulation orders made under them were declared unconstitutional in John Grace Fried Chicken Ltd and Others v Catering Joint Labour Committee and Others [2011] IEHC 277.

E69

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (31.12.2010) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2010 (S.I. No. 602 of 2010), part III.

E70

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (3.05.2010) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2010 (S.I. No. 164 of 2010), part III; revoked (31.12.2010) by Employment Regulation Order (Argricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2010 (S.I. No. 602 of 2010), reg. 3.

E71

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (14.04.2008) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2008 (S.I. No. 93 of 2008) reg. 2 and sch. Part II(3); revoked (3.05.2010) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee 2010 (S.I. No. 164 of 2010), reg. 3.

E72

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (11.05.2007) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2007 (S.I. No. 190 of 2007), reg. 2; revoked (14.04.2008) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee 2008 (S.I. No. 93 of 2008), reg. 3.

E73

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (1.01.2007) by Employment Regulation Order (Security Industry Joint Labour Committee) 2006 (S.I. No. 500 of 2006), art. 2 and sch., part II, Conditions of Employment (iii).

E74

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (23.02.2006) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2006 (S.I. No. 24 of 2006), reg. 2; revoked (11.05.2007) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee 2007 (S.I. No. 190 of 2007), reg. 3.

E75

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (22.07.2005) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2005 (S.I. No. 375 of 2005), reg. 2; revoked (23.02.2006) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2005 (S.I. No. 24 of 2006), reg. 3.

E76

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (1.07.2005) by Employment Regulation Order (Security Industry Joint Labour Committee) 2005 (S.I. No. 78 of 2005), sch., part II, Conditions of Employment (iii); revoked (1.01.2007) by Employment Regulation Order (Security Industry Joint Labour Committee) 2006 (S.I. No. 500 of 2006), reg. 3.

E77

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (1.02.2004) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2004 (S.I. No. 33 of 2004), reg. 2; revoked (22.07.2005) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2005 (S.I. No. 375 of 2005), reg. 3.

E78

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (1.01.2004) by Employment Regulation Order (Security Industry Joint Labour Committee) 2003 (S.I. No. 631 of 2003), reg. 2 and sch., part II, Conditions of Employment (iii); revoked (1.07.2005) by Employment Regulation Order (Security Industry Joint Labour Committee) 2005 (S.I. No. 78 of 2005), reg. 3.

E79

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (23.05.2003) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2003 (S.I. No. 185 of 2003), reg. 2; revoked (1.02.2004) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2004 (S.I. No. 33 of 2004), reg. 3.

E80

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (23.04.2002) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2002 (S.I. No. 136 of 2002), reg. 2; revoked (23.05.2003) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2003 (S.I. No. 185 of 2003), reg. 3.

E81

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (12.04.2001) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2001 (S.I. No. 123 of 2001), reg. 2; revoked (23.04.2002) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2002 (S.I. No. 136 of 2002), reg. 3 .

E82

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (1.03.2001) by Employment Regulation Order (Security Industry Joint Labour Committee) 2001 (S.I. No. 35 of 2001), reg. 2 and sch., part II, Conditions of Employment (iii); revoked (1.01.2004) by Employment Regulation Order (Security Industry Joint Labour Committee) 2003, S.I. No. 631 of 2003.

E83

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (4.08.2000) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2000 (S.I. No. 236 of 2000), reg. 2; revoked (12.04.2001) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2001 (S.I. No. 123 of 2001), reg. 3.

E84

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (23.03.2000) by Employment Regulation Order (Security Industry Joint Labour Committee) 2000 (S.I. No. 20 of 2000), reg. 2 and sch., part. II, Conditions of Employment (iii); revoked (1.03.2001) by Employment Regulation Order (Security Industry Joint Labour Committee) 2001 (S.I. No. 35 of 2001), reg. 3.

E85

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (17.08.1999) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 1999 (S.I. No. 255 of 1999), reg. 2; revoked (4.08.2000) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 2000 (S.I. No. 236 of 2000), reg. 3.

E86

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (10.07.1998) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 1998 (S.I. No. 221 of 1998), reg. 2; revoked (17.08.1999) by Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee) 1999 (S.I. No. 255 of 1999), reg. 3.

E87

Previous affecting provision: application of section restricted (30.01.1998) by Organisation of Working Time (Exemption of Transport Activities) Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 20 of 1998), reg. 3 and sch.; revoked (1.01.2005) by Organisation of Working Time (Inclusion of Transport Activities) Regulations 2004 (S.I. No. 817 of 2004), reg. 5.