All employees, full-time, part-time, temporary or casual earn annual leave entitlements from the time they start work. Most employees are entitled to four weeks’ paid annual leave per leave year.
Your employer determines the timing of your annual leave, taking into consideration work and personal requirements and should consult you or your union in advance. Pay for the leave must be given in advance and calculated at the normal weekly rate.
There are nine public holidays each year:
If the holiday falls on a day on which you normally work, you are entitled to either:
If the public holiday falls on a day on which you do not normally work, then you are entitled to one fifth of your normal weekly wage for that day.
If you are asked to work on the public holiday, then you are entitled to either;
Part-time employees qualify for public holiday entitlement provided they have worked at least 40 hours during the five weeks ending on the day before a public holiday.
For further information download our guide to Holidays and Public Holidays
Follow the link to the Working Time Act.
Complaints in relation to annual leave and public holidays can be made to the Rights Commissioner Service.