Christmas Holidays 2017/2018

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The festive season is fast approaching and to assist you we have set out below a 'typical' scenario regarding leave for employees on ECCE term time contact and full time staff for the holiday period during Christmas 2017/January 2018.

Scenario 1 - Employee on ECCE term time contract

ABC Creche will be closing for Christmas on Wednesday 20th December that is the last working day and they will not re-open until Monday 8th January 2018. Typically this employee’s leave is calculated at 8% of the total hours worked in the period September to June each year.

Wed Dec 20 Normal day
Thu Dec 21 Annual Leave
Fri Dec 22 Annual Leave
Sat Dec 23
Sun Dec 24 This is not a Public Holiday
Mon Dec 25 Public Holiday
Tue Dec 26 Public Holiday
Wed Dec 27 Annual Leave
Thu Dec 28 Annual Leave
Fri Dec 29 Annual Leave
Sat Dec 30
Sun Dec 31
Mon Jan 1 Public Holiday
Tue Jan 2 Annual Leave
Wed Jan 3 Annual Leave
Thu Jan 4 Annual Leave
Fri Jan 5 Annual Leave
Sat Jan 6
Sun Jan 7
Mon Jan 8 Return to Work

In this example there are 9 days to be recorded as annual leave taken this can be recorded as hours [if using annual hours calculation] for example if the employee works 3 or 3.5 hours a day then that would equate to 30 or 35 hours annual leave.

There are 3 Public Holidays. The Employee should be paid for these days and they should be recorded as PH.

If you have an employee who does not work five days a week and the Public Holiday falls on a day that they would be not normally work they are entitled to one fifth of a working week pay for the public holiday, alternatively the employer may give an employee paid time off instead of payment for the public holiday. To qualify the employee needs to have worked 40 hours in the 5 weeks prior to the Public holiday.

Where an employee may work variable hours each week the average day should be calculated by calculating the previous 13 weeks and getting an average week and day and pay accordingly.

Scenario 2 - Employee working full time

ABC Creche will close on Friday 22nd December at the usual closing time. If an employee wishes to, they may apply for a leave day. Your annual leave policy will apply in terms of how you manage your annual leave applications for example first person to have applied or seniority or rotation if someone had leave last year they may not be granted leave this year. A full time employee will have an entitlement of 20 days [four of their working weeks]

Sat Dec 23
Sun Dec 24 This is not a Public Holiday
Mon Dec 25 Public Holiday
Tue Dec 26 Public Holiday
Wed Dec 27 Annual Leave
Thu Dec 28 Annual Leave
Fri Dec 29 Annual Leave
Sat Dec 30
Sun Dec 31
Mon Jan 1 Public Holiday
Tue Jan 2 Return to Work

In this example there are 3 days to be recorded as annual leave

There are 3 Public Holidays the employee should be paid for these days and they should be recorded as PH.

If you have an employee who does not work five days a week and the Public Holiday falls on a day that they would not normally work, they would be entitled to one fifth of a working week pay for the public holiday, once they have worked 40 hours in the 5 weeks preceding the public holiday, alternatively the employer may give the employee paid time off instead of payment for the public holiday.