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Public Holidays 2024

There are ten public holidays in 2024. When a public holiday arises every employee is entitled to a paid day off on the day of the holiday, unless the employer decides to treat it as a normal working day. If the employer decides not to allow the public holiday or if the holiday falls on a day that is not a normal working day (such as a weekend), the employer may elect to give the employee either:

  • A day off within a month of the public holiday, with full pay
  • An additional day of annual leave
  • No additional day off, but an additional day’s pay.

All full-time employees are entitled to benefit from the above provisions, and part-time employees will be entitled if they have worked a total of 40 hours in the 5 weeks prior to the holiday. An employee who is not normally scheduled to work on the bank holiday is entitled to an additional one fifth of their normal weekly wage.

Employees who have been laid off are entitled to benefit from a public holiday that occurs within the first 13 weeks of lay off. Employees on maternity or other protected leave are entitled to the benefit from public holidays that arise during their leave.

The above is provided for information purposes and is not intended as legal advice. If you have questions about public holidays or any aspect of employment law we, at Fitzsimons Redmond LLP, would be happy to advise you on your next steps. Please contact us on 01-676 3257.

By Lisa Quinn O’Flaherty

Partner at Fitzsimons Redmond LLP

Employment Law Update: Paid Sick Leave

Under the Sick Leave Act 2022 all employees with at least thirteen week service are entitled to paid sick leave from their employer. In 2024 the number of paid days increases from 3 to 5. An employer must pay the employee for work missed due to illness for up to 5 days in a year.

Employers may pay sick employees for a longer period, should they wish. And if there is a more favourable contractual provision in place, the employer must comply with that provision.

The leave may be taken on consecutive or non-consecutive days. They employer may request medical certificates for each day of paid leave. The rate of pay is 70% of the employees normal daily pay, to a maximum of €110 per day.

Employers are advised to update sick leave policies in their employment handbooks or contracts, to reflect the legislation, and in particular to require a medical certificate from the first day of paid illness.

The number of days is expected to increase in 2025 to seven days and to ten days in 2026.

After an employee has exhausted their right to paid sick leave, they may apply for supports from the Department of Social Protection.

The above is provided for information purposes and is not intended as legal advice. We, at Fitzsimons Redmond LLP, act for both employers and employees. We would be happy to talk to you about your rights and responsibilities in the workplace. Please contact us on 01-676 3257.

Starting a Business in Ireland

This article aims to provide you with knowledge of the key things you need to know when considering doing business in Ireland.

Ireland is a beneficial place to do business. It is English speaking with a well-educated workforce. It is a common law jurisdiction, with a strong tradition and legislative protection for international arbitration. Ireland is in the EU, and has strong ties (and supports) for trade with the United Kingdom and the US.

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Employment Law: Enhanced Protections for Breastfeeding Workers, Parents and Carers

The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023 was signed into law on 4th April last, with the provisions to take effect upon Commencement Orders as signed by the Minister. The new rights under the Act include:

  • A right for parents of under 12s and carers to request flexible working;
  • A right to five days leave each year (unpaid) for personal care for serious medical reasons for parents or family carers;
  • A right to request remote working;
  • A right to five paid days leave each year for victims of domestic violence;
  • An extension of the right to paid breastfeeding breaks  from six months to two years.
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Your Will: Choosing an Executor

When making a will, a very important consideration is who you trust to take care of your affairs after your death. In a straightforward case, this will be the person to extract a grant of probate and distribute the assets of the estate to the beneficiaries. The responsible person (or persons) is known as the executor or executrix.

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