Working out what an employee gets paid for taking a day off on annual holidays will depend partly on what they have earned in the previous 12 months because they must be paid for holidays at these average weekly earnings if they exceed the employee’s ordinary weekly pay as at the beginning of the holiday.
Remember, Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on a Sunday this year.
For an employee working on these days who wouldn’t normally work on Sundays, the public holiday is treated as falling on the following Tuesday.
If your employee would normally work on Sunday, then the public holiday is treated as falling on Sunday (the calendar date of the public holiday).
Whichever day the entitlement falls on for them, if the employee works on that day, they will get time and a half for any time they have agreed to spend working on that day. And if the public holiday falls on what would otherwise be a working day for them, and they work on that day, they are entitled to an alternative holiday.
Talk to us about your financial planning for the holiday season.