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Business Advice for this month

Notice to all IHF Members

31st July  2013


All employees are entitled toannual leave based on hours worked.

Employees' annual leave will be calculated by one of the following methods:

  • four working weeks, where an employee works more than 1,365 hours in the leave year; or
  • where the employee has worked less than 1,365 hours:
  • 1/3 of a working week, where the employee works at least 117 hours in a calendar month; or
  • 8% of the hours worked in the leave year (to a maximum of four working weeks per annum).

Note: the employer must choose the calculation that gives the greater entitlement.


Hours worked means hours actually worked (physically) including overtime.


Periods that should be included are:


  • maternity leave;
  • additional maternity leave;
  • adoptive leave;
  • additional adoptive leave;
  • health and safety leave;
  • parental leave;
  • carer's leave (first 13 weeks); and
  • hours spent on annual leave itself.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the rates of pay for an Apprentice hairdresser.


The JLC structure that applied to County and County Borough of Dublin, the Borough of Dun Laoghaire and the Urban District of Bray or Cork City are no longer constitutional.  Please contact 056-8833808 for further details.

For businesses outside of the above areas the National Minimum Wage structure applies.

There are certain criteria that must be ment when paying the National Minimum Wage structure.  Contact 056-8833808 for further details.

2. Public Holidays

All full-time employees are entitled to a public holiday benefit.  All part-time employees who have worked at least 40 hours in the five weeks ending on the day before the public holiday are entitled to a beneift.


An employee is entitled to which ever of the following the employer decides:

a paid day off on the day; or

a paid day off within a month of that day; or

an additional day of annual leave; or

an additional day's pay

The 9 Public Holidays are:

  • New Year's Day
  • St Patrick's day
  • Easter Monday
  • First Monday in May
  • First Monday in June
  • First Monday in August
  • Last Monday in October
  • Christmas day
  • St Stephen's day


National Minimum Wage Rates



The NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE RATE will change on the 1st January 2017 from 9.15 per working hour for an experienced adult worker to 9.25 per working hour.  For further clarification please call 056-8833808 or 0866995003.

The NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE RATES changed on 1st January 2016 from 8.65 per working hour to 9.15 per working hour.  If you would like further clarification on this please call the IHF office on 056-8833808.


 NB: In order to pay the Minimum Wage rates (to a trainee hairdresser) you must follow the guidelines relating to the National Minimum Wage Act 2000 as set out in the Irish Statute Book. A course of study or training must satisfy the criteria set out in Section 16 of the National Minimum Wage Act 2000.

If you wish to get more informaiton on this please contact the IHF Office 056-8833808 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Read more: National Minimum Wage Rates

Labour Relations Commission Early Resolution Service Pilot

Minister Bruton recently announced The Early Resolution Service (ERS). 

This new free service which is currently being piloted, provides parties to a claim/referral to the Rights Commissioners Service and the Employmnet Appeals Tribunal or NERA the opportuntiy to avail of a netural and impartial third party to assist them resolve the issue in dispute avoiding the need for formal adjudication or inspection.  This will involve an assessment of eligibility, engaging with the parties to th edispute, securing willingness by parties to participate on a voluntary basis in early resolution using a range of intervention tools including email and telephone communication.  This is a welcome initiative by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovations Workplace Relations Reform Programme.  For further information please log onto



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