Part-Time Employee

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A Part-Time Employee is an employee who is a part-time worker performing a part-time job.




    • QUOTE: A part-time employee in Ireland is defined in the Act as "an employee whose normal hours of work are less than the normal hours of work of an employee who is a comparable employee in relation to him or her". A comparable employee means a full-time employee (of the same or opposite sex) to whom a part-time employee compares himself/herself. A part-time worker no longer has to have 13 continuous weeks' service and no longer has to work a minimum of 8 hours per week in order to qualify for protection under the Act.

      The Act applies to any part-time worker in Ireland and generally includes the following:

    • Someone working under a contract of employment or apprenticeship
    • Someone employed through an employment agency or
    • Someone holding office under or in the service of the State. (For example, An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces, civil servants and employees of the Health Service Executive, harbour authority or education and training board (ETB).
    • Someone sharing a job with another person.