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Q. What are the legal minimum Public Holiday entitlements?

Under the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 an employee is entitled to any one of the following alternatives as decided by the employer:
  • a┬ápaid day off on the holiday itself; or
  • a paid day off within a month; or
  • an extra day's annual leave; or
  • an extra day's pay

Payment in respect of a public holiday includes any regular bonus or allowance normally paid to the employee but excludes payment for overtime.

The above entitlements are the legal minimum which can be exceeded by agreement with employers. In the case of the public health service, the existing agreement exceeds the legal minimum.

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