How does a business deal with public holidays if they don't open for business on Monday? Are employees entitled to be compensated for Public Holidays that fall on Mondays or any other days on which an employer doesn’t open, or is an employee to be compensated if s/he is not contracted to work, even if the employer is open?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 3 March 2015
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox
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All employees in Ireland, save for certain part-time workers (referred to below), have an immediate entitlement to public holiday benefits. Under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 (the “Act”), an employee shall be entitled, in respect of a public holiday, to one of the following options which will be determined by the employer (provided that the day on which the public holiday falls is a day on which the employee would be entitled to a paid day off); a paid day off on that day, a paid day off within a month of that day, an additional day of annual leave, an additional day’s pay. Where the public holiday falls on a day on which the employee does not normally work, the employee is

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