As the public holidays for Christmas fall on weekends this year, could you clarify what the employee's entitlements are?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 7 December 2010
Christmas Day, St Stephen's Day and New Year's Day are ordinarily public holidays in Ireland. As you point out, this year, these days are all falling on Saturday or Sunday, days on which many employees are already not required to work. Where a public holiday falls on a weekend in this way, employees are entitled to the normal alternative arrangements concerning employment and public holidays as set out in the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997. These are:
* A paid day off within a month of the public holiday
* An additional day of annual leave
* An additional day's pay
* The nearest
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