Know Your Rights: Public Holiday Entitlement

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Know Your Rights has been compiled by Kerry Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public…

Question: I work full-time, Monday to Friday, but the business will be closed on Monday 28 October. Will I get paid for the day?

Answer: Monday, October 28, 2019 is a public holiday and as you would normally be due in work you are entitled to get your normal pay for the day.

If you did work on Monday 28, you would be entitled to your pay for the day and one of the following alternatives:

• An additional day of annual leave
• An additional day’s pay
• A paid day off within a month of the public holiday

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If you are not normally rostered to work on a public holiday you are entitled to one-fifth of your weekly pay as compensation for the public holiday.

Part-time employees also qualify for a public holiday entitlement, when they have worked at least 40 hours in total in the 5 weeks before the public holiday.

If you are not getting your public holiday entitlement, you may make a complaint under the Organisation of Working Time Act within 6 months. You must use the online complaint form (pdf) from the Workplace Relations Commission.

Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.

• Contact us in: Tralee on Tel: 0761 07 7860 Killarney 0761 07 7820 Listowel 0761 07 7840 Kenmare 0761 07 7810 Caherciveen 0761 07 7780. 

Outreach Services – please call Tralee for more information: Killorglin weekly- Mon & Tues 10am – 2pm (from 4Nov19) Dingle monthly – 3rd Tuesday monthly 10am – 2pm 

Information is also available online at and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000

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