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
Here are the basics:
• Holiday Pay is governed by the Holidays Act
• 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
For more information, check out www.dol.govt.nz
or give us a call.