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What are my Annual Leave and Public Holiday entitlements?

All employees, full-time, part-time, temporary or casual earn annual leave entitlements from the time they start work. Most employees are entitled to four weeks’ paid annual leave per leave year.

Your employer determines the timing of your annual leave, taking into consideration work and personal requirements and should consult you or your union in advance. Pay for the leave must be given in advance and calculated at the normal weekly rate.

What are the Public Holidays?

There are nine public holidays each year:

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. St. Patrick’s Day
  3. Easter Monday
  4. The first Monday in May
  5. The first Monday in June
  6. The first Monday in August
  7. The last Monday in October
  8. Christmas Day
  9. St. Stephen’s Day

What if the Public Holiday falls on a day I have to work?

If the holiday falls on a day on which you normally work, you are entitled to either: 

  • A paid day off on the holiday
  • A paid day off within a month
  • An extra day’s pay
  • An extra day’s annual leave

If the public holiday falls on a day on which you do not normally work, then you are entitled to one fifth of your normal weekly wage for that day.

Do part-time employees qualify for Public Holidays?

Part-time employees qualify for public holiday entitlement provided they have worked at least 40 hours during the five weeks ending on the day before a public holiday.

Compassionate Leave

There is no legal entitlement to compassionate leave, generally it is at the discretion of the employer.