Employees and workers are entitled to various types of leave depending on their circumstances and the length of time they have been employed.
Most workers - whether part-time or full-time - are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks' paid annual leave. Employers can set the times of the year that leave needs to be taken and workers must give the employer notice when they want to take leave.
The hours we work and the pay we receive for that work are two key factors when it comes to job satisfaction, feeling fulfilled, challenged and rewarded. It is important that record keeping systems are robust, policies and communication about breaks and benefits are clear, and that people know their rights and responsibilities.
Some issues in the workplace cannot be resolved informally so it is important that there is a fair and clear escalation process where each side meets their responsibilities. The Labour Relations Agency can offer information, flowcharts and codes of practice to help. We also offer confidential and impartial conciliation, mediation and arbitration services. The Agency is a public body with statutory responsibilities so there is no charge for our services.
Employees and workers receive some form of payment in return for the work they do.
This section covers deduction from pay for employers and employees.
There are various other types of leave including: garden leave; time off for public duties; and study / training leave.
There are different types of employees, including agency workers, apprentices, piece workers, posted workers and young workers. Further information on each is provided below.