Module 10 – Know Your Rights
Employees get a paid day off on public holidays if it’s an otherwise working day for them. If they work on a public holiday they’re paid time and a half, and may get an alternative day off.
Some public holidays are Mondayised (or Tuesdayised) if they fall on a Saturday or Sunday if those days were not days that an employee would otherwise work on.
An employee is entitled to a public holiday only if the public holiday falls on a day that the employee would otherwise have worked (if the day hadn’t been a public holiday).
Sometimes, if a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday and the employee does not usually work on those days, the public holiday is Mondayised (or Tuesdayised).
Each employee can get a maximum of 11 public holidays a year, for example:
- if a public holiday is Mondayised, they can’t claim two public holidays (ie one for the actual date and one for the Mondayised date)
- an employee can’t be entitled to more than four public holidays over the Christmas and New Year period, regardless of their work pattern.