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Jul 13

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Jennie Hussey

Entitlement to pay for a Bank Holiday

Full-time workers have an immediate entitlement to benefit for public holidays and part-time workers have an entitlement to benefit when they have worked 40 hours in the previous 5 weeks.

There are nine public holidays in the year. These are New Year’s Day - St Patrick's Day - Easter Monday - First Monday in May - First Monday in June - First Monday in August - Last Monday in October - Christmas Day - St Stephen's Day. Good Friday is not a public holiday, therefore a day off is not a statutory entitlement.

When a person works on a Public Holiday, they are entitled to be paid for the day in accordance with their agreed rates. In addition, they also have an entitlement to benefit for each public holiday. This can be different for each public holiday and each employee depending on the individual's work pattern.

If the business is closed on the public holiday and an employee would normally be due to work then they get their normal day’s pay.

If the business is open and the employee works, they are entitled to either, paid time off or additional days pay. This additional day’s pay is what was paid for the normal daily hours last worked before the public holiday.

If an employee is not normally rostered to work then they will be entitled to one-fifth of their normal weekly wage or a paid day off within a month or an extra day’s annual leave as the employer may decide.

If someone ceases to be employed during the week before a public holiday, having worked the four weeks preceding that week, they are entitled to benefit in respect of that public holiday.

If a person is on temporary lay-off they are entitled to benefit for the public holidays that fall within the first thirteen weeks of layoff.

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