Easter Bank Holiday Confusion
A regular query that we receive around this time of year is: “Is Good Friday a Bank Holiday?” The answer is yes, Good Friday is a Bank Holiday – i.e. it’s a holiday for banks (and some other businesses). However, it’s NOT a statutory Public Holiday. The terms “Bank Holiday” and “Public Holiday” are commonly confused, and as a result, when someone refers to the Easter Bank Holiday they could be referring to either Good Friday or Easter Monday. Most Bank Holidays are Public Holidays however this isn’t the case on Good Friday. There is no entitlement to Public Holiday pay on Good Friday and there is no obligation for employers to give their employees the day off unless it is part of an agreement (e.g. ERO). On the other hand, Easter Monday is a Public Holiday and employees have Public Holiday entitlements such as a paid day off.
Public Holidays Ireland
There are 9 Public holidays in Ireland each year:
- New Year’s Day
- Patrick’s Day
- Easter Monday (generally referred to as the “Easter Bank Holiday”, although Good Friday is also a bank holiday it’s not a public holiday)
- May Bank Holiday
- June Bank Holiday
- August Bank Holiday
- The last Monday in October
- Christmas Day
- Stephen’s Day
Public Holiday Entitlements
If a Public Holiday falls on a day on which you normally work, you are entitled to either:
- A paid day off on the holiday
- A paid day off within a month
- An extra day’s pay
- An extra day’s annual leave
If the public holiday falls on a day on which you do not normally work:
- you are entitled to one-fifth of your normal weekly wage for that day
If you are asked to work on the public holiday, then you are entitled to either:
- An additional day’s pay
- A paid day off within a month of the day
- An additional day of paid annual leave
Part-time employees qualify for public holiday entitlement provided they have worked at least 40 hours during the five weeks ending on the day before a public holiday.
A past blog of ours on this subject can be accessed here.
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From all of us here in Paycheck Plus, have a wonderful Easter Bank Holiday.