With the June bank holiday weekend fast approaching we thought you might find some information on Public Holidays and the relevant employer obligations/responsibilities around pay useful!

Here are the basics explained….

There are nine Public Holidays in Ireland each year – they are:

  • New Year’s Day (1 January)
  • St. Patrick’s Day (17 March)
  • Easter Monday (changes every year)
  • The first Monday in May, June & August
  • The last Monday in October
  • Christmas Day (25 December)
  • St. Stephen’s Day (26 December)

Here is a breakdown of the statutory outline of Public Holiday Entitlements under Irish Employment Legislation:

Did you know that employees scheduled to work on a Public Holiday are entitled to an additional day’s pay for the day?!

For instance, let’s take Employee A as an example – Employee A works on the day the Public Holiday falls – let’s say Employee A is a retail store employee and is required to work on St. Stephen’s day as it is the first day of the store’s seasonal sale – On a normal working day Employee A earns €100.

This means that Employee A is entitled to receive the usual €100 for the hours worked on the Public Holiday as well as an additional €100 – So Employee A receives €200 for working on the Public Holiday. If there is any ambiguity in ascertaining what an additional day’s pay should equal the employer should look at the last day worked prior to the Public Holiday.

Employee B represents an employee who is normally scheduled to work on a day that a Public Holiday falls but is not required to work on that day (for example – an administrative assistant in a bank who typically works Monday – Wednesday, 09:00-17:00 who is not required to work on Easter Monday).

Employee B should receive their normal day’s pay for that day as well as not being required to work on the Public Holiday. On a normal working day Employee B receives €100. When a Public Holiday falls on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday Employee B will not be required to work on this day as the business is closed. Employee B will still receive their normal day’s pay.

Employees not normally scheduled to work on the Public Holiday will receive one-fifth of their normal weekly pay. Employee C, for instance, works Wednesday – Friday. If a Public Holiday falls on a Tuesday Employee C is not normally scheduled to work so obviously will not be required to work on that day.

Employee C is still entitled to be paid a certain amount for that day as a benefit for the public holiday (one-fifth of their normal weekly pay). If this employee earns €300 per three day week (Wednesday-Friday) they are entitled to earn an additional €60 when the Public Holiday falls on another day.

The above rules will apply for all Public Holidays.

Public Holiday Pay Guide