The Holidays With Pay Act and the supporting Holidays With Pay Order set out the minimum vacation and sick leave entitlement of workers who qualify for such leave. The Act and Order also specify the minimum gratuity and sick benefit payable to qualified casual workers.
The Minimum Wage Act is the legislation which gives the Minister of Labour the authority to establish Orders which establish minimum wages in respect of specific occupations where she is satisfied that the wages being paid to workers in these occupations is unreasonably low. The Minister is also authorized to fix a national minimum wage which is applicable to occupations generally. The National Minimum Wage Order, 1975 sets out the minimum wage to be paid to minimum wage earners generally and domestic workers. The Minimum Wage (Industrial Security Guards) Order, 1982 sets out the minimum wage payable to industrial security guards. The Act and Orders do not prevent employers from paying wages which are higher than the minimum wage set by the Minister. However, no worker is to be paid less than the minimum wages fixed by the Minister in the Orders.
The Maternity Leave Act makes provision for: the granting of maternity leave to qualified female workers by their employer, the minimum duration of such maternity leave, the criteria to be met by the worker to qualify for such leave and the right of qualified workers to obtain maternity pay.
The ETRPA provides the statutory basis for the entitlement to a redundancy payment where a redundancy situation arises and sets out the minimum notice required to be given by an employer and employee to terminate a contract of employment.