There are nine Public Holidays in Ireland each year. These are:
- New Year’s Day
- Patrick’s Day
- Easter Monday
- The first Monday in May
- The first Monday in June
- The first Monday in August
- The last Monday in October
- Christmas Day
- Stephen’s Day
It is vital that employers are aware of their obligations in this area. You may be surprised to hear that this is one area where many employers actually overpay employees as they do not fully understand the legislation.
If you are already a Paycheck Plus customer you can tick this off your list of concerns as we look after this for you, but if you are not, you may be incurring unnecessary expenses in this area.
In summary, Full Time Employees who are normally scheduled to work are entitled to their employers’ choice of the one of the benefits below in respect to a Public Holiday:
Part Time/Casual Employees who are normally scheduled to work on a public holiday are entitled to one of the benefits below on the condition that they have worked 40 hours in the previous 5 weeks:
- A paid day off on that day
- A paid day off within a month of that day
- An additional day of annual leave
- An additional day’s pay
Full Time Employee who are not normally scheduled to work are entitled to 1/5th of a public holiday benefit.
Part-Time employees who are not normally scheduled to work are entitled to 1/5th their average weekly earnings over the previous 13 weeks worked if they meet the qualifying entitlement criteria.