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Payment Of Wages During Adverse Weather & Storms

With Lorenzono on route and questions arising about attendance at work and payment for non attendance, I am republishing the guidelines from the WRC on this matter as published back in early 2018. And whilst circumstances will vary greatly across business sectors and parts of the country, good communication and a common sense but flexible approach that always puts employees safety first is key.

Annual Leave Entitlements

Did you know that annual leave entitlement accrues on a statutory basis for all employees regardless of employment status and length of time worked? A former employee of O Brien's Sandwich Bars who had a very brief period of employment, was successful in her claim under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 for leave due from the short half day trial period that she had worked.

Adverse Weather & Attendance At Work

With Opehlia, Brian, Dylan and Eleanor causing havoc across the country in the last few months, the Workplace Relations Commission recently published an useful Q&A on it's website about some of the main issues that arise when employees may not be able to get to work.

Payment of Wages During Storm Absences

With Storm Brian on the way just days after the whole country was on red alert due to Storm Ophelia, employers may once again need to consider how they deal with the "grey" area of paying employees when it is unsafe to attend work due to unforeseen weather circumstances arising.

Payment of Wages Act

The recent High Court Case of Cleary & Ors v B&Q Ireland Ltd provided some clarifications in respect of a number of matters regarding the interpretation of wording in respect of a "discretionary" bonus scheme and whether a contract can be unilaterally changed by an employer with retrospective effect. The case also dealt with the issue of whether a "zone allowance" for Dublin based staff constituted wages or was correctly classified as an expense.

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