Public holiday FAQs for the June bank holiday
 

We share a roundup of our most commonly asked questions in relation to public holiday entitlements for full time, part-time and casual employees. We also have FAQs on those rarer issues such as entitlements for employees on protected leave, employees who are leaving and much more.

 

Q. I have a casual employee who does not work regular hours and they are not rostered to work for the public holiday. Are they entitled to the public holiday entitlement?

A. Yes, if they have worked more than 40 hours in the last five weeks, then they are entitled to one fifth of their normal weekly rate of renumeration.

 

Q. How do I calculate the casual employee’s normal weekly rate of renumeration as they work different hours each week?

A. Businesses would need to calculate the average working week based on the previous 13 week period ending on the day before the public holiday.

 

Q. We are open on the public holiday and some staff need to work on that day, what is their entitlement for working on the public holiday?

A. In this case the employee would be entitled to one of the following:

            - a paid day off within a month

            - an extra day’s annual leave

            - an extra day’s pay

 

Q. If an employee is finishing employment before the June public holiday, are they entitled to be compensated for the public holiday?

A. Yes, if an employee ceases their employment in the week leading up to the public holiday, they should be compensated for the public holiday. However, they must have worked at least four weeks prior to the week they are leaving.

 

Q. A career break has been agreed with an employee for June. Are they required to be compensated for the June public holiday during the career break?

A. Yes in this case, as the employee continues to accrue public holiday entitlement for the first 13 weeks of career leave that has been authorised by the employer.

 

Q. Where a night worker begins work at 12a.m. on Monday 4 June and finishes work at 8a.m. on Monday 4 June, what is their public holiday entitlement?

A. As the employee was rostered and required to work on the public holiday, they should be compensated for the hours they worked on the day and if full-time they are entitled to one of the following:

- a paid day off within a month

            - an extra day’s annual leave

            - an extra day’s pay

 

If the employee is part-time, then they would be entitled to pay for the hours they worked that day and an additional day’s pay if they have worked at least 40 hours within the last five weeks before the public holiday.

 

Q. Where a person has commenced employment 1 June, are they entitled to payment/time-off for the June public holiday?

A. Yes, all full-time employees will accrue entitlements to public holidays from the first day of their employment.

 

However, if a part-time worker commenced employment on 1 June, they would not qualify for the June public holiday as they would have not worked at least 40 hours in the last five weeks preceding the holiday.

 

Q. An employee is on sick leave during the June public holiday, is this a sick leave day or a public holiday?

A. If the employee has provided a sick cert and they have followed the company sick leave policy then it would be classed as a sick leave day and they would retain their entitlement to public holiday to take at a later date. However, if the employee is out on certified sick for 26 weeks or more due to illness or injury or 52 weeks due to an occupational injury, they no longer receive the public holiday entitlement.

 

Q. Are employees who are on maternity leave, parental leave or adoptive leave entitled to the public holiday entitlement?

A. Yes as these are protected leaves. They continue to maintain their public holiday entitlement for the duration of their leave.

 

Q. What about employees who are on carer’s leave?

A. Employees on carer’s leave are entitled to the public holiday for the first 13 weeks of their carer’s leave.

 

If you would like more information on public holidays and annual leave you can download our guideline here or you can contact Helen at SFA on 01 605 1668 or at helen.quinn@sfa.ie or visit our HR and Employment Law advice section on www.sfa.ie

 

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