Menswear shop Jack & Jones has been ordered to take steps to ensure all of its staff are paid extra for Sunday work, after the clothing retailer admitted it did not pay a Sunday premium to workers.
In a decision published today Jack & Jones, which has around 40 full-time equivalent staff in Ireland, was ordered to pay €10,725 – representing six months’ wages – to a worker who was “let go” five weeks after making a working hours claim.
The tribunal was ruling on statutory complaints by Jake Quinn, under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 against J & J Retail Limited, trading as Jack & Jones, who had alleged he got no premium pay for 14 Sundays between April and July 2022.
Mr Quinn, who said he earned €11 per hour for a 37.5-hour week, further alleged that he did not receive bank holiday entitlements for four dates in March, April and May that year.
Giving evidence on his complaint Mr Quinn said he was “let go” on 28 July 2022, four and a half months after he was hired.
He had submitted the working hours complaints to the WRC on 19 June 2022, around five and a half weeks before his employment was ended. His evidence was not contested by the retailer.
William O’Reilly of RVW O’Reilly, appearing for Jack & Jones, said the company “does not pay Sunday premia”.
“The complainant was paid a standard rate of payment and under his contract he was required to be flexible in his hours of attendance,” Mr O’Reilly said.
Mr O’Reilly added that the complainant was paid for 33.78 hours in holiday entitlements, which Mr Quinn agreed at the hearing had included “a portion” for holiday pay.