Know Your Rights: Working On Public Holidays

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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 recently worked a public holiday, will I be paid for that day?

Answer: Yes, if you worked on a public holiday, you get either an additional day’s annual leave or an additional day’s pay.

Most employees qualify for public holiday benefit and usually get one of the following:

• A paid day off on the day of the holiday
• An additional day’s annual leave
• An additional day’s pay

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You are entitled to an extra day’s pay for working the public holiday if you work part-time, if:

• You worked at least 40 hours in the 5 weeks before the holiday
• The public holiday falls on a day you normally work
• If you do not normally work on that particular day (for example, a Saturday), you should get one-fifth of your weekly pay.

Am I entitled to a day off on Good Friday?

No.  This is not a public holiday.  You do not have an automatic entitlement to a day off.

How can I find out what my entitlements are? 

There are now 10 public holidays in Ireland each year.   This includes the new annual public holiday which, in 2022 fell on 18 March, and from 2023 will be in early February to mark St Brigid’s Day.  You can find the full list of dates on the website.

• Read more about public holidays and your employment rights 👉, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information Service in Kerry on 0818 07 7860. The telephone lines are staffed from 10am -4pm from Monday to Friday. The National Phone Service is available on 0818 07 4000 Monday to Friday 9am – 8pm.

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