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IrelandPaddy Power has to pay €100k to 70 staff after denying rest breaks - union

17:02  10 july  2019
17:02  10 july  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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The comments by divisional organiser Robert McNamara came after a second tranche of decisions by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) on Tuesday, ordering Paddy Power to pay 11 workers a cumulative € 10,100 in compensation for the denial of rest breaks . Mr McNamara said Mandate has

Divisional Organiser with Mandate, Robert McNamara made the prediction today after a second tranche of decisions by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has ordered the Paddy Power business to pay 11 workers a cumulative € 10,100 in compensation for the denial of rest breaks .

Paddy Power has to pay €100k to 70 staff after denying rest breaks - union File image

PADDY Power has to pay almost €100,000 to up to 70 staff after denying them rest breaks, according to a union.

Mandate has claimed that workers at the company – now owned by Flutter Entertainment – were expected to deal with customers while eating their sandwiches during breaks.

It said it took a number of cases to the Workplace Relations Commission in relation to between 65 and 70 workers and the company has agreed to compensation worth between €700 and €1,000 each.

In a statement, it said the final decision by an adjudication officer was issued last Friday.

In one of the adjudications, seen by Independent.ie, the complainant said they worked 40 hours a week as a retail betting assistant.

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Some states have stepped into the breach to require such breaks , but others have not. If you get meal or rest breaks , your employer doesn't have to pay you You aren't entitled to be paid for this time off if you are completely relieved of all work duties. If you do have to work while eating—for example, by

They alleged that the company breached organisation of working time act in relation to their entitlement to statutory rest breaks.

Paddy Power defended a lack of scheduling of breaks and argued that the nature of the business it operates within involves a large element of variability and requires flexibility.

It said factors driving this include peaks and troughs in the racing season and the times at which major races are scheduled.

“This is another reason why the scheduling of specific breaks in rosters is not desirable and further necessitates the respondent’s system whereby shop managers are responsible for ensuring that employees take their rest break entitlements.”

During periods of high activity like Cheltenham and the Grand National, it said staff numbers are increased to ensure sufficient opportunities for rest breaks.

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If you have further questions after reading this article, we invite The California Labor Code provides for meal breaks and rest breaks during the workday and California employees may file a wage and hour lawsuit against employers for denying rest breaks or failure to pay overtime as required under

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However the adjudication officer found the complaint to be well founded, and directed the employer to pay €1,000 compensation.

He said he reached the conclusion that the employer “does not keep appropriate records to show that employees are getting the breaks to which they are entitled” under legislation.

“Our members are delighted to see this process end with compensation of between €700-€1,000 per member for the denial of their rest breaks,” said Mandate Divisional Organiser, Robert McNamara.

“Hopefully Paddy Power and all companies ensure their workers get their basic entitlements in the future.”

He said the company has now confirmed that it will not be appealing the decisions.

Meanwhile, Mandate, which represents 300 members at the company, has written to seek a meeting to discuss a pay increase, a sick pay scheme, staffing levels and Sunday premium pay rates.

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Paddy Power is an Irish bookmaker founded in 1988 in Dublin, Ireland. The company conducts business through a chain of licensed betting shops in Ireland and the United Kingdom

These rest breaks must be counted as time worked and must be paid time. Therefore, if your employer asks that you work while eating during a meal period, or remain on call during a rest period, this is legally equivalent to denying you your meal or rest break .

Mr McNamara said management has so far refused to engage so it will seek a Workplace Relations Commission intervention.

“If the company continue to deny their workers their democratic right to representation, we will have to consult with members to determine future actions,” he said.

A spokesperson for Paddy Power’s parent company Flutter said it has no comment to make.

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