|[EMPLOYMENTNZ] WHEN A PUBLIC HOLIDAY FALLS WITHIN A LEAVE PERIOD
What happens when a public holiday falls within a period of leave such as annual, sick and bereavement leave or during a business close-down period.
During a business close-down period
If a business has a close-down period that includes public holidays, for example, over the Christmas and New Year period, then the employee is entitled to a paid public holiday if they would have normally worked on that day if the closedown was not in effect.
During annual holidays
If an employee is on annual leave when there’s a public holiday, they get a paid public holiday if they would have normally worked on that day, and do not lose an annual leave day.
During parental leave
If an employee is on parental leave and a public holiday falls within that leave, the employer doesn’t have to pay for the public holiday because the employee would not have normally worked on that day.
If the employee is getting a parental leave payment over a week when there is a public holiday, the payment amount and number of weeks they get a payment for is not affected by the public holiday.
If an employee is sick or bereaved
When an employee would have worked on a public holiday but is sick or bereaved, the day is treated as a paid unworked public holiday and:
· the employee would be paid their relevant daily pay or average daily pay, but would not be entitled to time and a half or an alternative holiday
· no sick or bereavement leave is deducted.