Overtime and maximum working hours per week
Employees must not work more than an average of 48 hours per week in any four-month period.
In other words, overtime laws for salaried employees in Ireland mean they can work more than 48 hours in one week, but not more than 48 hours a week on average over four months.
Can an employee be forced to work overtime Ireland?
Overtime is work done outside normal working hours.
Employers have no statutory obligation to pay employees for work completed in overtime.
Can an employee refuse to work overtime?
The contract of employment should state whether they are required to work overtime and should set out the rates of pay, if they are to be paid for it.
The situation regarding overtime should be set out in the employment contract but, generally, an employee being requested to work overtime and refusing may be guilty of misconduct by virtue of refusing a reasonable request of the employer.