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With the next Public Holiday on Monday , once again we have had a number of queries into the office already regarding public holidays.

The following information may assist in clarifying employee’s entitlements:
There are nine public holidays in Ireland
New Years Day [1 January], St Patrick’s Day [17th March], Easter Monday, First Monday in May, June and August, Last Monday in October, Christmas Day [25th December] and St Stephen’s Day [26th December]
Note: Good Friday and Christmas Eve are not public holidays.

Employee’s entitlement to public holidays is set out under the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997. Most employees will be entitled to paid leave for the public holiday once they have worked 40 hours in total in the 5 weeks preceding the public holiday [qualifying criteria].
Employees who qualify for a public holiday will be entitled to one of the following:
• A paid day off on the public holiday
• An additional day of annual leave
• An additional day’s pay
• A paid day of within a month of the public holiday.
The employer determines which of the above will apply

Example – an employee works 20 hours a week Monday to Friday – they are entitled to be paid as usual for the public holiday on the Monday [Public Holiday last Monday in October] as they will have worked 40 hours in the 5 weeks preceding the public holiday.