If you are working or employing during the end of year period and you fall under the state industrial relations system it is important to understand public holiday entitlements and obligations. This season's public holidays are:
- Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018
- Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2018
- New Year's Day, Tuesday 1 January 2019
Under the Hairdressers Award, Tuesday 25 December 2018 is the public holiday for Christmas and Wednesday 26 December 2018 is Boxing Day. Tuesday 1 January 2019 is the public holiday for New Year’s Day under the award.
Full time employees
Full time employees who would normally be required to work on one or more of the designated public holidays under the award, but who are not required to work because it is a public holiday, are entitled to be paid for that day. If a full time employee is required to work on one or more of these days, public holiday pay rates will apply.
If a public holiday under the award falls on a full time employee’s non-working day (referred to as a ‘rostered day off’), then the rostered day off is to be taken on the employee’s next following working day, or, by mutual agreement, another day on the same week. Alternatively, the award allows the employer and employee to agree on the employee accumulating up to five rostered days off in any given year, which may be taken at a mutually agreed time.
Read an example of these provisions in action, to help you understand how they work in practice.
Part time employees
Part time employees who would normally be required to work on one or more of the designated public holidays under the award, but who are not required to work because it is a public holiday, are entitled to be paid for that day. If a part time employee is required to work on a public holiday, public holiday pay rates will apply.
If a part time employee would not normally be required to work on a designated public holiday, there are no additional public holiday entitlements.
Casual employees who are required to work on one or more days that are public holidays for the purpose of the award must be paid at public holiday rates. Casual employees will be entitled to public holiday rates of pay on the following days:
- Tuesday 25 December 2018
- Wednesday 26 December 2018
- Tuesday 1 January 2019
For more information about employment obligations and entitlements on the upcoming public holidays contact Wageline via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 1300 655 266.
Please note Wageline will be closed Monday 24 December 2018 to Wednesday 2 January 2019 and reopen on Thursday 3 January 2019.