Public Holidays for Christmas and New Year 2014

    With three of our nine Irish public holidays coming up in the next few weeks, it is important that employers understand their obligations in this area. 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.

    Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are not public holidays. If an employee is off these days, they may be counted as annual leave. Since they fall on Wednesday this year we have included some information below regarding legal entitlements to holidays.

    There is no qualifying period for holidays and all employees’, regardless of status, service or age, qualify for paid holidays.

    When calculating holiday entitlement, all time worked qualifies for paid holiday time, including overtime hours worked.

    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 are entitled to one of the benefits below on the condition that they have worked 40hrs 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.

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