Here is the lowdown from Kerrin about pay entitlements over the upcoming holiday period IN LESS THAN A MONTHS TIME (has anyone else not started their Christmas shopping yet?)
Working on public holidays
You’re entitled to a paid day off on public holidays that fall on days you’d normally work. If you choose to work, you should be paid at least time and a half and get another paid day off later.
This year is a lot simpler for employees as the actual holiday days fall on a Monday and Tuesday (which are days most people normally work) so there is no ‘Mondayisation’ effect as in the past years.
When a public holiday falls on a day you usually work
You’re entitled to a paid day off. You don’t have to take annual leave and it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been with the company or how many hours you work.
If you choose to work on a public holiday
If you choose to work on a public holiday and it’s a day you’d usually work, you’ll:
- be paid at least time and a half (1.5 times what you’d usually make for that day’s work – for the time you actually work), and
- get a paid day off to take later — called a day in lieu — even if you’ve only worked part of a shift.
If it’s not a day you’d usually work but you choose to work it, you’ll just be paid time and a half.
Example 1. Joan works 9 – 5pm Monday to Friday. She does not work on the 25th and 26th of December. She will be entitled to be paid her normal wage for those two days
Example 2. John works 9 – 5pm Monday to Friday. John agrees to work 9 – 1pm on Monday 25th. He will be paid 1.5 times his normal rate for the 4 hours, plus be entitled to take a full day off some time in the future
Example 3. Stuart works Saturday’s and Sunday’s only. He agrees to work 1 – 5pm on Monday 25th. He is entitled to be paid 1.5 times his normal rate for the 4 hours. He is not entitled to a day’s leave some time in the future.
For any further advice or assistance contact Kerrin: email@example.com