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Your Rights at Work as a Young Person

If you have any questions about your employment rights,  you can chat online to a trained Youth Information Officer or leave us a message and we can get back to you.

Your Working Day

If you are 14

    • No work allowed during school term time.
    • 35 hours light work during the school holidays (maximum) – or up to 40 hours, if approved work experience (e.g. TY).
    • Breaks:
      • 30 minute break after working 4 hours.
      • 14 hours break in every 24 hours
      • 2 days off in every 7
    • Only permitted to work between 8.00am and 8.00pm on any day.
    • must have at least 21 days off work during summer holidays
    • Exception: In Film, cultural, advertising or sport (need a License)

If you are 15

  • 8 hours a week light work in school term time.
  • 35 hours working week (maximum) – or up to 40 hours if they are on approved work experience (e.g. TY).
  • Breaks:
    • 30 minutes after working 4 hours
    • 14 hours break in every 24 hours
    • 2 days off in every 7 days
  • Only permitted to work between 8.00am and 8.00pm on any day.
  • must have at least 21 days off during summer holidays
  • Exception: In Film, cultural, advertising or sport (need a License)

If you are 16 or 17

  • 40 hours working week (maximum)
  • 8 hours a day (maximum).
  • Breaks:
    • 30 minute break after working 4½ hours.
    • 2 days off in every 7 days.
  • Only permitted to work between 6am and 10pm. (on night before a school day).
    • You can work up to 11.00 p.m. on nights where you have no school the next day: in such instances they must not start work before 7.00 a.m. the next day.
    • A special Code of Practice Concerning the Employment of Young Persons in Licensed Premises is in place governing employment of 16 and 17 years olds in the Licensed trade. This must be signed by the employer, You (the employee) and your parent/guardian.

Workplace Relations Commission have put together a great resource that can be downloaded here


Wages/Payment

Pay Package

All employees are entitled by law to a payslip. A payslip is essentially a statement in writing from the employer to the employee that outlines the total pay before tax and all details of any deductions from pay. You should find out information about the items your payslip should contain and how your tax is calculated here.

Minimum Wage

Since 1 January 2021, the national minimum wage is €10.20 per hour. But if you are under 18, you are only entitled up to €7.14 per hour (70% of the minimum wage). Some employers pay more than this.

Tips:

Tipping is relatively widespread in a number of services (restaurants, bars etc). A new law has been passed to protect tips and gratuities received by workers. We are just waiting for regulations to be drawn up so that it can be implemented. The new law will give employees a legal entitlement to receive tips and gratuities paid in electronic form and requires that this money should be paid to workers in a fair, transparent and equitable manner. The distribution obligations will not affect businesses where tips are managed by employees themselves, it is believed. The legislation will also oblige employers to display prominently their policy on mandatory charges and the distribution of cash and card tips. 

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