Organisation of Working Time Act 1997
Entitlement to annual leave.
19.—(1) Subject to the First Schedule (which contains transitional provisions in respect of the leave years 1996 to 1998), an employee shall be entitled to paid annual leave (in this Act referred to as “annual leave”) equal to—
(a) 4 working weeks in a leave year in which he or she works at least 1,365 hours (unless it is a leave year in which he or she changes employment),
(b) one-third of a working week for each month in the leave year in which he or she works at least 117 hours, or
(c) 8 per cent. of the hours he or she works in a leave year (but subject to a maximum of 4 working weeks):
Provided that if more than one of the preceding paragraphs is applicable in the case concerned and the period of annual leave of the employee, determined in accordance with each of those paragraphs, is not identical, the annual leave to which the employee shall be entitled shall be equal to whichever of those periods is the greater.
F14[(1A) For the purposes of this section, a day that an employee was absent from work due to illness shall, if the employee provided to his or her employer a certificate of a registered medical practitioner in respect of that illness, be deemed to be a day on which the employee was—
(a) at his or her place of work or at his or her employer’s disposal, and
(b) carrying on or performing the activities or duties of his or her work.]
(2) A day which would be regarded as a day of annual leave shall, if the employee concerned is ill on that day and furnishes to his or her employer a certificate of a registered medical practitioner in respect of his or her illness, not be regarded, for the purposes of this Act, as a day of annual leave.
(3) The annual leave of an employee who works 8 or more months in a leave year shall, subject to the provisions of any employment regulation order, registered employment agreement, collective agreement or any agreement between the employee and his or her employer, include an unbroken period of 2 weeks.
(4) Notwithstanding subsection (2) or any other provision of this Act but without prejudice to the employee’s entitlements under subsection (1), the reference in subsection (3) to an unbroken period of 2 weeks includes a reference to such a period that includes one or more public holidays or days on which the employee concerned is ill.
(5) An employee shall, for the purposes of subsection (1), be regarded as having worked on a day of annual leave the hours he or she would have worked on that day had it not been a day of annual leave.
(6) References in this section to a working week shall be construed as references to the number of days that the employee concerned usually works in a week.
Inserted (1.08.2015) by Workplace Relations Act 2015 (16/2015), s. 86(1)(a), S.I. No. 338 of 2015.
Modifications (not altering text):
Application of section restricted (27.07.2022) by European Union (Organisation of Working Time in Inland Waterway Transport) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 392 of 2022), reg. 3(3).
3. (1) These Regulations shall apply to workers employed on board a craft operated within the State in the commercial inland waterway transport sector.
(2) Inland waterway transport operators shall not be considered workers within the meaning of these Regulations, even if they have the status of workers in their own undertaking.
(3) Sections 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19 and 25 of the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 (No. 20 of 1997) do not apply to workers employed on board a craft operated in the commercial inland waterway transport sector.
Application of section restricted by European Communities (Merchant Shipping) (Organisation of Working Time) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 532 of 2003), reg. 10A(1), as inserted (4.07.2014) by European Communities (Merchant Shipping) (Organisation of Working Time) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 245 of 2014), reg. 2(i), in effect as per reg. 1(2).
Entitlement to annual leave
10A. (1) Notwithstanding section 19 of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 (No. 20 of 1997), a seafarer is entitled to paid annual leave calculated on the basis of a minimum of 2 and a half calendar days per month of employment and on a pro rata basis for incomplete months.
(2) Annual leave to which a seafarer is entitled under this Regulation may not be replaced by a payment in lieu except where the seafarer’s employment is terminated.
Term “registered medical practitioner” construed (3.07.2008) by Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (25/2007), s. 108(1), S.I. No. 231 of 2008.
Construction of references to registered medical practitioner and Medical Council, etc.
108.— (1) Every reference to a registered medical practitioner contained in any enactment or any statutory instrument shall be construed as a reference to a registered medical practitioner within the meaning of section 2.
Compliance notice procedure in respect of subss. (1) and (1A) provided (1.10.2015) by Workplace Relations Act 2015 (16/2015), s. 28(17) and sch. 4, S.I. No. 410 of 2015.