Holiday Pay for St Patrick’s Day 2020

St. Patrick’s Day 2020 falls on a Tuesday and is a Public Holiday in Ireland.
It is a requirement that full-time employees, and eligible part-time employees, are given their public holiday statutory entitlement for Tuesday 17th March 2020

So how does this affect workers in Ireland and their entitlement to time off or Holiday Pay for St Patrick’s Day 2020 ?

Employees are entitled to one of the  following Public Holiday Benefits , in respect of 17th March 2020 (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.

Full time employees, are immediately entitled to a public holiday benefit.
Part-time or casual employees must have worked at least a total of 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,

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   – 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.

9 thoughts on “Holiday Pay for St Patrick’s Day 2020

  1. 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.

  2. 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 )

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

  4. 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).

    • 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.

  5. 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.

  6. If I had taken holidays before the 17th March and not accumulated enough holidays for them to pay me would they have taken st patricks day as one of the holidays. Not got paid for st patricks day

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