Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (130)

Sandra McLellan

Question:

130. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will include bank holidays in payment of jobseeker's allowance for casual workers who do not receive bank holiday pay from their employer; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21787/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

If a part-time employee is claiming a jobseeker’s payment for a period which includes a public holiday, sometimes referred to as a bank holiday, for which they are not entitled to a payment from their employer, then they will be entitled to jobseeker’s benefit or allowance for that day. The determination of whether a person is entitled to payment from their employer in respect of a public holiday is governed by the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997. Under this Act, for each of the nine public holidays in a year, an employee is entitled to either a paid day off on the holiday, a paid day off within a month of the holiday, an extra day’s annual leave, or an extra day’s pay. Part time employees qualify for public holidays entitlement provided they have worked at least 40 hours during the five weeks ending on the day before a public holiday.