With Queen's Birthday coming up on Monday 3 June, now is the time to make sure you are up to speed with employee entitlements to Holiday Pay.

Here are the basics:

•    Holiday Pay is governed by the Holidays Act 2003.
•    Public Holidays (other than those over the Christmas period) are celebrated on the day on which they fall, i.e Monday for Queen's Birthday.
•    Employees are entitled to a paid day off on a public holiday if it would otherwise
be a working day.
•    If a public holiday falls on a day an employee usually works and they have the public holiday off work, they are to be paid for that day as if they had worked on the day.
•    If the public holiday falls on a day an employee does not usually work, they are not entitled to be paid for that day.
•    If an employee works on a public holiday they are entitled to be paid at least time and a half for the time they actually work on the public holiday. In addition, if the public holiday falls on a day the employee would usually work, they are also entitled to an "additional holiday" i.e day in lieu to be taken at a later date.
•    If an employee is employed specifically to work a public holiday, they are entitled to time and a half, but not an alternative holiday.

Navigating the Holidays Act to determine appropriate pay rates for employees can be difficult and there are a number of particular rules that apply in addition to the basic principles set out above.

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Written by Kylie van Heerden at 09:00




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