Public Holiday Entitlement for St Patrick’s Day
Our National Public Holiday: St. Patrick’s Day – 17th March 2013
St. Patrick’s Day 2013 falls on a Sunday this year. This has raised many questions about the Public Holiday entitlement so we’re here to explain how it works!
Monday 18th March 2013 may be a Bank Holiday, in that the banks are closed, but is a normal working day and not a Public Holiday.
Sunday 17th March is the Public Holiday.
So how does that affect employees and their entitlement to additional pay for St Patrick’s Day?
An employee is entitled to their employer’s choice of the following, in respect of a public holiday:
a) A paid day off on that day
b) A paid day off within a month of that day
c) An additional day of annual leave
d) An additional day’s pay.
Unless the employer nominates an alternative option 21 days before the holiday, the employee automatically receives a paid day off on the public holiday.
In the case of full time employees, they are immediately entitled to a public holiday benefit. However, part-time/casual employees must have worked at least 40 hours in the 5 weeks ending on the day before the public holiday in order to qualify for the public holiday benefit.
Where a public holiday falls on a day on which the employee normally works, or is normally scheduled to work, then:
- A full time employee is entitled to one of the public holiday benefits listed above.
- A part-time employee must worked 40 hours in the previous 5 weeks to be entitled to one of the public holiday benefits listed above.
Where a public holiday falls on a day on which an employee is normally off work, or is not scheduled to work, then:
- A full time employee is entitled to a public holiday benefit equal to 1/5th of his normal weekly pay in respect of the normal weekly hours last worked by the employee before that public holiday,
- A part-time employee is also entitled to a public holiday benefit equal to 1/5th of his normal weekly pay, based on the average weekly pay (including any regular bonus or allowance, but excluding overtime) in the 13 weeks worked immediately prior to the public holiday, assuming they have worked 40 hours or more in the previous 5 weeks.
If an employee works 6 days per week and a public holiday falls on a day which he is normally scheduled to work, he is entitled to one of the benefits listed above.
If the public holiday falls on the day on which he is not normally required to work, he is still only entitled to 1/5th of his normal weekly pay, provided that the amount does not exceed the amount that the employee would have been paid if it was a day he normally worked.
Where an employee ceases to be employed at any time during the week ending on the day before a public holiday (i.e. in the 7 day period immediately preceding the public holiday), and the employee has worked for his or her employer during the previous 4 weeks, the employee is entitled to be paid a public holiday entitlement for the public holiday, calculated at the appropriate daily rate. A part-time employee must also have satisfied the condition of having worked 40 hours in the preceding 5 week period ending on the day before the public holiday.
Simple isn’t it?
The Team at Paycheck Plus calculate Public Holiday entitlements for clients availing of our Fully Managed Payroll Outsource Services. If you would like further details about our services contact us today or call Niamh on 041 686 3000.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!