How to work out, if and what, an employee should be paid on a Public Holiday.

In a recent blog post we provided tips on how to handle different scenarios for paying staff on a Public Holiday.
One question which still comes up is not “what” to pay but “should” I pay an employee ie how to work out if they are entitled to Time and Half and also if they should receive an Alternative Leave Day.

The simple rule, as stated on the Employment New Zealand website is:

Employees get a paid day off on a public holiday if it’s a day they would have normally worked on. If they work on that public holiday they’re paid time and a half and get an alternative day off.

To make applying this rule easier they have created a simple flowchart which you can use.

​Simply click on the image below to download and print a copy.