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How to Pay Staff this Christmas/ New Years

This year with Boxing Day and the day after New Years Day falling on a Saturday, many employers are grappling with the question of who to pay what to for the holidays over this time.

The simple answer to that question is: What day(s) does the employee normally work?

If they normally work on a Saturday, then that is their public holiday day. If they don’t but they do normally work on a Monday, then their public holiday day becomes Monday.

If they don’t normally work either Saturday or Monday, then they are not entitled to be paid for the holiday as a day off.

 

So in practical terms what does this mean? Maybe a few examples will help:

Example 1: The employee does not normally work on a Saturday but does normally work on a Monday. For them the holiday is “Monday-ised”.  So – 

If they then actually work the Saturday and not Monday:  they will be paid their normal rate for working Saturday and will have a day off on Monday paid at their relevant daily pay, or average daily pay.

If they then actually work on Monday and not Saturday: they will be paid time and a half for hours worked on Monday and get a paid alternative holiday (day in lieu).

If they then actually work both days: they will be paid the normal rate for working Saturday and time and a half for working Monday and get a paid an alternative holiday for working Monday

If they work neither day: they will have a paid day off on Monday at their relevant daily or average daily pay.

Example 2: The employee does not normally work on a Saturday and does not normally work on a Monday either. For them the holiday is Mondayised. So –

If they then actually work on Saturday and not Monday: they will be paid their normal rate for working Saturday and do not get a day in lieu.

If they then actually work on Monday and not Saturday: they will be paid time and a half for working on Monday. They do not get a day in lieu.

If they then actually work both days:  They will be paid their normal rate for working Saturday and paid time and a half for Monday. They do not get a day in lieu.

If they work neither day: They will not get any public holiday related payment. They do not get a day in lieu.

Example 3: The employee normally works on a Saturday but not on a Monday. For them the holiday is not “Monday-ised” – the holiday for them is the Saturday. So –

If they then actually work on Saturday and not Monday: they will be paid time and a half for working Saturday and get a paid alternative day.

If they then actually work on Monday and not Saturday: they will be paid their relevant daily rate or ave daily pay for a day off on Saturday and their normal rate for working Monday. They will not get a paid alternative holiday. 

If they then actually work both days: they will be paid time and a half for working Saturday and get a paid alternative holiday. They will be paid their normal rate for working Monday.

If they work neither day: they will be paid their relevant daily rate or ave daily pay for a day off on Saturday.

Example 4: The employee normally works on a Saturday AND on a Monday. For them, the holiday is not “Monday-ised” – the holiday for them is the Saturday. So –

If they then actually work on Saturday and not Monday: they will be paid time and a half for working Saturday and get a paid alternative day. They will not get any payment for the Monday

If they then actually work on Monday and not Saturday: they will be paid their relevant daily rate or ave daily pay for a day off on Saturday and their normal rate for working Monday.

If they then actually work both days: they will be paid time and a half for working Saturday and get a paid alternative holiday. They will be paid their normal rate for working Monday.

If they work neither day: they will be paid their relevant daily rate or ave daily pay for a day off on Saturday.

If you wish to know more, please email kerrin@greenmouse.co.nz

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