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Minister for Health Simon Harris was asked in the Dáil earlier this month by Deputy Jack Chambers of Fianna Fáil to clarify the situation “concerning the payment of Christmas bonuses to HSE staff working in hospitals on Christmas Day in 2016 as this falls on a Sunday”.
The Minister said the matter was for the HSE and that he would direct the question to the Executive and ask it to reply directly to Deputy Chambers.
However, the HSE told the Medical Independent (MI) last week that the Executive does not pay staff Christmas bonuses and this is not impacted by the fact that Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year.
“The HSE does not pay Christmas bonuses to any members of staff,” the Executive spokesperson told MI.
“However, staff rostered to work on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are entitled to public holiday premium payments.
“This is in line with the provisions of the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997-2015.”
Meanwhile, the HSE also confirmed to MI that HSE employees availing of the new two-week paternity benefit that came into force in September receive their normal basic remuneration plus normal fixed allowances less paternity benefit “to which he/she may be entitled from the Department of Social Protection (subject to PRSI contributions)”.