Friday, April 26, 2019

Know your rights: Is Good Friday a public holiday?


Question
Is Good Friday a public holiday?

Answer
Good Friday fell on 19 April in 2019. It is not a public holiday. While many businesses close on Good Friday, you have no automatic entitlement to time off work on that day.
However, Easter Monday is a public holiday. This year it fell on Monday 22 April.
If a public holiday falls on a day on which you normally work, you are entitled to either:
§  A paid day off on the public holiday
§  A paid day off within a month of the public holiday
§  An additional day’s pay
§  An additional day’s annual leave
If the public holiday falls on a day on which you do not normally work, then you are entitled to one-fifth of your normal weekly wage for that day.
Part-time employees qualify for public holiday entitlement if they have worked at least 40 hours during the 5 weeks ending on the day before a public holiday.

Know Your Rights has been compiled by South Connacht Citizens InformationService CLG, which provides a free and confidential service to the public.
Tel: 0761 07 6330 Address: Boyle CIC, Elphin Street, Boyle, Co. RoscommonInformation is also available online at citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000.




Friday, April 12, 2019

Know Your Rights A: Authenticating documents

Know Your Rights A: Authenticating documents

Question 
We are a family planning to move from Ireland to live in Italy. Will Italian authorities accept our Irish birth certificates?
Answer
When you are abroad, you may need to use Irish documents, for example, a birth certificate, either for personal or business reasons. Governments and organisations sometimes require that public documents issued in other countries be authenticated or apostilled and translated before they can be accepted. Authenticating a document means verifying that a signature, seal or stamp on a document is genuine. An apostille stamp is an international certification.
Since 16 February 2019, EU citizens moving to another EU country no longer need to get an apostille stamp to prove that their public documents are authentic. This means that public documents such as birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates issued in Ireland by the General Register Office (GRO) and the Certificate of Freedom to Marry issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are accepted by authorities in other EU member states as authentic.
The EU Regulation also removes the obligation for citizens to provide a translation of their public document. If the public document is not in one of the official languages of the EU country requesting the document, citizens can ask for a Multilingual Standard Form, available in all EU languages, from the authorities of the EU country which issued the public document. Multilingual Standard Forms are now available on request from the GRO for birth, death, marriage, adoption and civil partnership certificates. For more information, visit gro.ie.  

Further information is available from the Citizens Information Service below.

Know Your Rights has been compiled by South Connacht Citizens Information Service CLG, which provides a free and confidential service to the public. 
Tel: 0761 07 6330 Address: Boyle CIC, Elphin Street, Boyle, Co. RoscommonInformation is also available online at citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Know Your Rights: Changes to minimum wage for people under 18

Know Your Rights: Changes to minimum wage for people under 18
Question 
What are the recent changes to the minimum wage?
Answer 
The national minimum wage has not changed and is still €9.80 for adult workers over 18.
However, from 4 March 2019, the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 abolished training rates. These were minimum rates which applied to employees aged over 18 undergoing a course of structured training or directed study. The Act also simplifies sub-minimum rates based solely on age from March 2019. See table below for the rates on or after 4 March 2019.
Rates on or after 4 March 2019
Minimum hourly rate of pay, € % of minimum wage
National minimum wage 9.80 100
Aged under 18 - 6.86 70
Aged 18 -  7.84 80
Aged 19 -  8.82 90
From 4 March 2019, training rates are abolished.
Know Your Rights has been compiled by South Connacht Citizens Information Service CLG, which provides a free and confidential service to the public.
Tel: 0761 07 6330 Address: Boyle CIC, Elphin Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Information is also available online at citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000