The Labour Court has recommended that home help employed by the Health Service Executive should be guaranteed at least seven hours' work per week under a new annualised hour arrangement.
Up to now, some home help have had their hours reduced due to cut backs, while others have been given no work at all.
Under the recommendations issued today, Labour Court Chairperson Caroline Jenkinson said the HSE will gradually increase the number of guaranteed weekly hours to ten.
Those who do not wish to operate under the annualised hours scheme may receive compensation of between €2,000 and €3,000.
SIPTU, which campaigned for the home help, has welcomed the ruling.