There are generally 3 types of work in Ireland: full time, part time and contract work. An average full time week is 39 hours and the maximum working hours must average no more than 48 hours per week.
If you are working for a regular wage or salary, you automatically have a contract of employment with your employer. You must receive your terms of employment in writing within 2 months of beginning employment. Terms in your employment contract should include:
- Employer’s Details
- Job Descriptions
- Rate of Pay
- Notice periods
- Terms related to sick leave, paid leave and pension contributions
- Terms related to laws passed by the government (e.g. maternity leave)
- References to Collective Agreements
Maternity Leave is available to new mothers in Ireland. You are entitled to 26 weeks paid maternity leave and 16 weeks unpaid leave. Fathers can take paternity leave in a 2 week block within 26 weeks following the baby’s birth.