Easter and Anzac Day Public Holiday Dates

Businesses need to cautious of shop trading hours and paying correct penalty rates with the upcoming public holidays over the Easter period.

The following days are proclaimed as public holidays during the Easter and Anzac Day period for this year. It should be noted that all employers should refer to their applicable Modern Award to ensure correct payment of wages on the following days:

  • Friday 6 April 2012
  • Saturday 7 April 2012
  • Monday 9 April 2012
  • Wednesday 25 April 2012 (Anzac Day).

Therefore, it is essential that employers check the applicable Modern Award to see what penalty rates apply.

In addition, a Modern Award or enterprise agreement may include different arrangements. It is essential that employers check all awards or enterprise agreements in conjunction with the NES and the proclaimed public holidays.

It is important to note that this information is separate and does not refer to Shop Trading Hours, as that specifically applies to the retail industry. These dates and payments apply to all other industries.

Correct Payment for Working on Public Holidays

It is essential that employers understand the correct rates of pay for their employees on public holidays.

Generally, full-time and part-time employees who usually work on the day a public holiday is observed will be allowed to take the public holiday with no deduction of pay.

Employees working on a public holiday are usually paid penalty rates on such days, such as double time or double time and a half of the ordinary rate of pay, in accordance with their relevant Modern Award.

A Modern Award may include provisions that enable employers and employees to agree for the employee to take another day as the public holiday, instead of the day which is being observed.

Therefore, it is essential that employers refer to the relevant Modern Award for certain provisions to ensure correct payments during the Easter and Anzac Day period.

It should also be noted that some Modern Awards contain provisions for payment for shift workers on public holidays. Where an employee is covered by an enterprise agreement or award and agreement-free, it is essential that their relevant industrial instrument, such as an enterprise agreement or employment contract, is referred to.

Need more help?

If you are unsure of your obligations or responsibilities regarding public holidays, call the Telephone Advisory Service. The team of dedicated and experienced Business Advisers can help you with a huge range of workplace issues, including rates of pay and public holiday pay.

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