Holiday Pay for St Patrick’s Day 2019

St. Patrick’s Day 2019 falls on a Sunday and is a Public Holiday.
Monday 18th March 2019 is a Bank Holiday NOT a Public Holiday –  so the banks will be closed, but is a normal working day for everyone else.

Many businesses in Ireland that operate Monday to Friday will probably treat Monday 18th March as a holiday and close that day, but this is not a mandatory requirement.
But it is is a requirement that full-time employees, and eligible part-time employees, are given their public holiday statutory entitlement for Sunday 17th March 2019

So how does this affect workers in Ireland and their entitlement to time off or Holiday Pay for St Patrick’s Day 2019 or March 18th 2019 ?

Firstly – no one is entitled to a day off on 18th 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 2019 (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 day’s pay in their pay packet in March for Sunday 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 Sunday ) 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.


Note : In  Northern Ireland March 18th 2019 is a bank holiday . In NI  – if someone works on a bank or public holiday, there is no automatic right to an enhanced pay rate. What you get paid depends on your contract of employment.

 

14 thoughts on “Holiday Pay for St Patrick’s Day 2019

  1. hi there , I worked on 17 of March, i normally get paid time and a third for working Sundays, and as st patricks day it was on a Sunday my employer is paying only 5 hours and half ,but i only work 27 hours a week is that correct please?

    • I would expect your employer to pay your normal Sunday wages plus one fifth of your normal weekly pay for the public holiday. So – that would be 5.5 hours pay on top of your normal Sunday pay.

  2. Hi I work a full time 4 day week 48 hrs in corporate security , I worked on Paddy’s day so what way should my pay be for that week

      • I can only repeat what is written above.
        Employees are entitled to one of the following Public Holiday Benefits , in respect of 17th March 2019 (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.

        Ths default is an extra day’s pay. But your employer should have informed you if that was not the case.
        If they gave you Monday off instead of 17th – then they should still pay you for Monday.

  3. Hi, I’m currently on maternity leave. I am getting paid maternity benefit and my employer is topping up my monthly salary.

    My employer is not paying me for the bank holiday however as they say that i am paying less tax by deducting the bank holiday and therefore my net is higher…. surely this is incorrect? They are saying one compensates the other…Company policy says i should get paid for the bank holiday and accrue the days holiday. This is an ongoing discussion with the payroll dept……Thanks

    • Employees on maternity leave accrue Public Holidays in the same way as any other employee working, therefore you are entitled to all public holidays that occur while you are on Maternity leave. Most employeers would add the public holidays as annual leave at the end of the maternity leave (but they could pay you for them instead if they want).

  4. I worked Monday to Friday , I worked Monday 18 March , I always get paid double for bank holidays , am I entitled to get double for Monday 18 March

    • You should get an extra day’s pay for the 17th – even though you didn’t work that day.

  5. Iwork 9 to 5 Mon to Fri in a business which is 24 / 7 365 .I had to work today while others were given it off as they are diff dept but same hrs .what am i entitled to

  6. Hi. I am working to. I work 4 days a week. In retail. So can work any day except Sundays. What pay intitalments do I get for today.

    • No extra for Mon 18th.
      But you should get one fifth of your weekly pay for the 17th March (public holiday) – even if you did not work or even if teh shop was closed.
      (As long as you worked at least 40 hours total in the 5 weeks prioe to 16th March )

  7. i normally get paid time and a third for working sundays, and as st patricks day is on a sunday my employer is treating this as the public holiday and paying me double time, should i be paid time and a third x 2?

    • Your employer should really give you your normal time and a third plus an extra full normal days pay for it being a public holiday.

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