Employment Law

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Employment Law
Assignment 1
June 22, 2016 June 22, 2016

Employment Law:
Assignment 1:

Question 1:
(A)(i)
Maternity Leave
Employee’s that become pregnant, are entitled to take maternity leave.
This entitlement, extends to all female employees, regardless of how long they’ve worked in the organisation, or number of hours worked each week.
It is possible to avail of further unpaid maternity leave.
The Maternity Protection Act 1994, provides statutory minimum entitlements in relation to maternity at work, including maternity leave.
Pregnant female employees, are entitled to 26 weeks’ maternity leave, with 16 further unpaid maternity leave.
Entitlement to
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Question 2:
(i)
Part-time Work
The Protection of Employees (Part-Time Work) Act 2001, is the legislation that protects part-time employees in Ireland. This act protects part-time workers, because of the following:
1, Part-time employees cannot be treated less favourably than a comparable full-time employee regarding conditions of employment
2, All employee protection legislation applies to a part-time employee in the same manner as it already applies to a full-time employee. Any qualifying conditions that apply to a full-time employee in any of that legislation also apply to a part-time employee.
3, This Act abolishes the requirement that a part-time worker should be in the continuous hourly employment of the employer for not less than 13 weeks and should normally be expected to work not less than 8 hours per week.
The calculation of continuous service for the purposes of entitlement under the unfair dismissals and redundancy legislation still applies.
Therefore, a part-time employee will still be required to have 12 months’ continuous service with their employer from the start of the employee's employment.
(ii)
Fixed-term work
The Terms of Employment (Information) Act 1994 requires that employees with a fixed-term contract get written notice of the expiry date.
The Protection of Employees (Fixed-Term Work) Act 2003 applies to most employees on fixed-term contracts.
Employees on fixed-term contracts have broadly similar rights to those on

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