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Paying Staff on Waitangi Day 2017

By SmartPayroll | January 19, 2017

Waitangi Day 2017

Monday February 6th 2017 is the public holiday Waitangi Day. 

If the Employee works on any part of a public holiday the Employee will be paid time and a half for the actual hours worked. *(see below for the exact definition)

If the Employee works on a public holiday and that day would be the Employee’s normal day of work, (i.e. ‘an otherwise working day’) then in addition to payment for the above at ‘time and a half’, the Employee is entitled to an alternative holiday (which will be paid, when taken, at the Employee’s relevant daily pay for the day off).

If the Employee does not work on a public holiday and the Employee was not due to work that day, (i.e. not an ‘otherwise working day’) then the Employee is not entitled to any payment for that day and is not entitled to an alternative holiday.

An Employer may require an Employee to work on a public holiday if the public holiday falls on a day that would ‘otherwise be a working day’ for that employee and the Employee is required to work on the public holiday under his or her employment agreement.

* at the greater of the following rates for the hours actually worked:

(a) the Employee’s relevant daily pay rate, less any penal rate that is paid for working on a particular day or particular type of day at time and a half; OR

(b) the Employee’s relevant daily pay rate including any penal rate that is paid for working on a particular day or particular type of day.

Further Information

  • Our Q & A on New Zealand Holidays Act compliance.
  • Our previous blog post covering Holidays Act compliance issues, where some businesses are going wrong, and steps to take to ensure compliance.
  • Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day) Amendment Act 2013 at Legislation.govt.nz.

 

Thanks to our friends at Employers Assistance for providing this article.