Parliamentary Question: Skills to work initiative

Question to the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Ms Joan Burton TD)

To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the services and opportunities that are offered to those seeking work by the skills to work initiative; if the skills to work roadshow will visit Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 8th July, 2014.

REPLY

As the Deputy will be aware, the Government launched the Skills to Work initiative on 19 May 2014, funded by the Department of Education & Skills.

The Skills to Work campaign promotes in particular five initiatives. Three run by the Department of Education and Skills: Springboard, Momentum and Skillnets; and two run by the Department of Social Protection: JobBridge and JobsPlus.

Participation in the following events has been planned by the Department of the Taoiseach to publicise the initiative:

Date Event Location
5-6 September 2014 Which Course? Adult   Education Fair Dublin
13 September 2014 Career Zoo Dublin
September 2014 Jobs Expo Cork
8 October 2014 Grad Ireland   Graduate Careers Fair Dublin
16 October 2014 Taking Care of   Business Dublin

 

Posted under Cork, Cork City, Employment, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, Parliamentary Questions, Social Protection

Parliamentary Question: Holiday Entitlements

Question to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Mr Richard Bruton, TD)

To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if time spent on public holidays is required to be included when calculating the number of days to which an employee is entitled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 8th July, 2014.

REPLY

An employee’s entitlement to annual leave is set out in section 19 of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997.

Subject to the exceptions/clarifications provided for in section 19, an employee acquires a legal right to 4 weeks annual leave if he or she works at least 1,365 hours in the year, or one-third of a working week for each month in the leave year in which he or she works at least 117 hours, or 8 per cent of the hours he or she works in a leave year (but subject to a maximum of 4 working weeks).

An employee’s entitlements regarding public holidays are set out in Section 21 of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 and the method of calculation of pay for both annual leave and public holidays is set out in the Organisation of Working Time (Determination of Pay for Holidays) Regulations 1997 – Statutory Instrument No. 475 of 1997.

Under section 21 of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997, full-time employees have immediate entitlement to benefit for public holidays, and part-time employees have entitlement to benefit when they have worked a total of 40 hours in the previous 5 weeks.

When a person works on a public holiday he or she is entitled to be paid for the day in accordance with the agreed rates.  In addition, he or she also has an entitlement to benefit for the public holiday.  This can be different for each public holiday and each employee depending on the individual’s work pattern.

If the business is closed on the public holiday and an employee would normally be due to work then the employee gets his or her normal day’s pay.

If the business is open and an employee works, he or she is entitled to a paid day off within a month of that day or an additional day of annual leave or paid time off or an additional day’s pay.

If the public holiday falls on a day on which the employee does not normally work, then the employee is entitled to one fifth of his/her normal weekly wage.

Under section 22(2) of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997, time off granted to an employee for annual leave or a public holiday must be regarded as time worked by the employee.

If required, further information on employment rights can be obtained from the National Employment Rights Authority’s dedicated information service – Workplace Relations Customer Service – which provides information to employers and employees on all aspects of employment rights.  This service operates from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and can be contacted on Lo-Call 1890 808090.  Workplace Relations Customer Service also provides extensive information on employment rights on its website www.workplacerelations.ie.

Posted under Employment, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, Parliamentary Questions

Parliamentary Question: European Globalisation Adjustment Fund

Question to the Minister of State at the Department for Education and Skills (Mr Ciarán Cannon, TD)

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the benefits he envisages of the application to the European Commission for co-funding support for a programme of guidance, training, education and enterprise supports; when a decision is expected; if in the interim the initiative showcasing supports for persons seeking work will be available to persons in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 8th July, 2014.

Freagra

An application for EU co-funding under the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) in support of 171 workers made redundant at the Andersen Ireland jewellery manufacturing plant in Rathkeale, Co. Limerick and for up to a similar number of targeted young persons under 25 years not in employment, education or training, was made by my Department on 16 May 2014.

Approval of this application under the co-decision procedure by the institutions of the EU, Commission, Council and Parliament,  will take some considerable time based on experience of previous applications and the fact that European Parliament elections took place recently. In the interim, and in anticipation of EU approval in due course of the Irish application, relevant supports are being provided by a range of local service providers in the areas of guidance, training, education and enterprise supports. These supports are being funded solely from national sources currently. All supports are being co-ordinated at  local level by the SOLAS EGF Coordination Unit which will shortly open an office in Rathkeale and which is currently operating from Raheen, Co. Limerick.  The benefit of these supports is to increase the employability of the persons in question and to demonstrate solidarity and reintegrate them as soon as possible into the labour force.

The Department of Social Protection is currently putting together a verified list of young persons under 25 years in the first instance in the West Limerick area who are not in employment, education or training for potential inclusion in any subsequently approved EGF programme. A number of these persons have been contacted by the EGF Coordination Unit. This is the first time such an approach has been possible under the EGF and the Irish application is understood to be one of the first to undertake such an approach across the EU. The outcomes, providing the application is ultimately approved by the EU, will be closely monitored by my Department.

Posted under Economic, Education, Employment, Parliamentary Questions