St. Patrick’s Day 2018 falls on a Saturday and is a Public Holiday.
Monday 19th March 2018 is a Bank Holiday, so the banks will be closed, but is a normal working day for everyone else and is not a Public Holiday.
Some businesses that operate Monday to Friday will honour Monday 19th as the holiday and close that day, but this is not a mandatory requirement. It is a requirement that full-time employees, and eligible part-time employees, are given their public holiday statutory entitlement for Saturday 17th March.
So how does this affect workers and their entitlement to time off or Holiday Pay for St Patrick’s Day 2018 or March 19th ?
Firstly – no one is entitled to a day off on 19th March (But lucky bank workers will be off !). If your employer gives you a day off – treat it as a bonus.
Employees are entitled to one of the following Public Holiday Benefits , in respect of 17th March 2018 (and any other public holiday):
a) A paid day off on that day
b) A paid day off within a month of that day
c) An additional day of annual leave
d) An additional day’s pay.
Unless an employer nominates an alternative option 21 days before the public holiday, an employee automatically receives a paid day off on the public holiday. So most people that work Mon to Fri should just see an extra days pay in their pay packet in March for Saturday 17th.
Full time employees, are immediately entitled to a public holiday benefit.
Part-time or casual employees must have worked at least 40 hours in the 5 weeks ending on the day before the public holiday in order to qualify for the public holiday benefit.
Where a public holiday falls on a day on which the employee normally works, or is normally scheduled to work, then:
A full time employee is entitled to one of the 4 public holiday benefit options listed above.
A part-time employee must have worked 40 hours in the previous 5 weeks to be entitled to one of the public holiday benefits listed above.
Where a public holiday falls on a day on which an employee is normally off work, or is not scheduled to work, (This will apply to people who work Monday to Friday with St Patrick’s Day falling on Saturday ) then:
A full time employee is entitled to a public holiday benefit equal to 1/5th of his normal weekly pay in respect of the normal weekly hours last worked by the employee before that public holiday,
A part-time employee is also entitled to a public holiday benefit equal to 1/5th of his normal weekly pay, based on the average weekly pay (including any regular bonus or allowance, but excluding overtime) in the 13 weeks worked immediately prior to the public holiday, assuming they have worked 40 hours or more in the previous 5 weeks.
Note: Even if an employee works 6 days per week and the public holiday falls on the day on which he/she is not normally required to work, he/she is still only entitled to 1/5th of his/her normal weekly pay.