14 March 2019 - Blog
St. Patrick’s Day Public Holiday Entitlement

Is St. Patrick’s Day a Public Holiday?

St. Patrick’s Day IS a public holiday which this year falls on a Sunday. If you work full-time you are immediately entitled to a public holiday benefit. Which benefit is the choice of your employer and can be one of the following:

  • 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

Part-time/casual employees are also entitled to one of these benefits but only if they have worked at least 40 hours in the 5 weeks leading up to the public holiday.

Where the public holiday falls on a day that you normally work or are scheduled to work then:

  • As a full-time employee, you are entitled to one of the public holiday benefits listed above,
  • As a part-time employee, you must have worked 40 hours within the 5 weeks prior to the day in order to claim one of the above benefits.

Where the public holiday falls on a day that you are normally off work or are not scheduled to work then:

  • As a full-time employee, you’re entitled to one-fifth of your normal working week either in payment or time in lieu,
  • As a part-time employee, you are also entitled to one-fifth of your normal working week either in payment or time in lieu providing that you have completed the required 40 hours in the 5 weeks leading up to the date.

Other public holidays that fall under the same rules:

  • New Years Day
  • Easter Monday
  • May Day
  • June Bank Holiday
  • August Bank Holiday
  • October Bank Holiday
  • Christmas Day
  • St. Stephen’s Day

Further information on your public holiday entitlements can be found in the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997.

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