Holidays (Employees) Act, 1973

Entitlement in respect of public holidays.

4.—(1) (a) An employee shall, in respect of a public holiday, be entitled to—

(i) a paid day off on that day, or

(ii) a paid day off within a month, or

(iii) an extra day's annual leave, or

(iv) an extra day's pay,

as the employer may decide.

(b) Notwithstanding that a public holiday falls on a day on which an employee, if it were not a holiday, would normally work for less than a full day, “paid” and “pay” in this subsection refer, as respects that day, to a full day's pay.

(2) (a) In the case of day to day and part-time employments, the employee must, for entitlement under this section, have worked for the employer for at least 120 hours (or 110 hours if under 18 years of age) during the five weeks ending on the day before the public holiday.

(b) For the purposes of this subsection—

(i) time off allowed under this Act shall be taken to be time worked,

(ii) wet time shall be taken to be hours worked up to a maximum of 50 hours.