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Ireland: The legislation provides a basic annual leave entitlement of 4 weeks. There are 3 different ways of calculating the duration of the annual leave entitlement; - Based on the employee’s working hours in one year. An employee who has worked at least 1,365 hours in the leave year is entitled to the maximum of 4 working weeks’ annual leave. - By allowing 1/3 of a working week for each calendar month in which the employee has worked at least 117 hours - 8% of the hours worked in the leave year, subject to a maximum of 4 weeks. An employee may use whichever of these methods gives the greater entitlement. If the normal working week is 5 days, the employee entitlement is 20 days. However, if the normal working week is 6 days, the holiday entitlement is 24 days. The annual leave of an employee who works 8 or more months in a leave year includes include an unbroken period of 2 weeks unless provided otherwise under an employment regulation order, registered employment agreement, collective agreement or any agreement between the employee and his or her employer. The annual leave pay is paid to the employee in advance and at the normal weekly rate. The employer determines the times at which annual leave is granted to an employee, taking into account, after consultation with the employee or trade union,: (1) the need for the employee to reconcile work and family responsibilities; (2) the opportunities for rest and recreation available to the employee Annual leave must be granted to the worker within the following leave year or, with the employee’s consent, within 06 months of the following leave year (annual leave must be granted within 18 months of its eligibility). Employee, with the consent of employer, can also carry over holidays in excess of statutory minimum leave to a following leave year (Organization of Working Time Act S. 19-20)

Ireland: Public holidays are paid rest days. Full time employees are entitled to public holiday benefits for the following nine public holidays: New Year Day (1st January), St Patrick’s day (17th March), Easter Monday, The first Monday in May, the first Monday in June, The first Monday in August and The last Monday in October, Christmas day (25th December), St Stephens day (26th December). Part time employees are only entitled to a public holiday benefit if they have worked at least 40 hours in the five weeks preceding the day before the public holiday. When a public holiday falls on a working day (a day on which employee normally works), employee is entitled to a day’s pay for the public holiday. However, if the public holiday falls on a day on which the employee does not normally work, employee is entitled to one-fifth of his normal weekly wage for the public holiday. In respect of a public holiday, an employee has following 4 options as determined by his/her employer: (i) a paid day off on that day; (ii) a paid day off within one month of that day; (iii) an additional day of annual leave; and (iv) an additional day’s pay. If a worker has submitted a request at least 21 days before the public holiday and employer has not nominated any of the above options, employee is entitled to a paid day off on the day of public holiday. (Organization of Working Time Act §21-22)
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