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ANZAC DAY
21 Apr 2015

Employers – Anzac Day employment rules

As Anzac days falls on a Saturday this year it will be the first “Mondayised” public holiday in New Zealand.  What will this mean for people in the horse industry where it is traditional for employees to work Saturdays?

  • If a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday and the day WOULD have been a working day for the employee, the public holiday must be treated as falling on that day.
  • If the day WOULD NOT otherwise be a working day for the employee, the public holiday must be treated as falling on the following Monday.

An employee IS NOT entitled to more than one public holiday for Waitangi or Anzac day when they have been Mondayised.

So what does this mean if you have a staff member that normally works Saturdays for you? There are two different scenarios that will apply, which I have outlined below:

  • Your staff member will have Saturday off, this will be their public holiday and they will be paid their wage that they would have normally been paid for working on the Saturday. Monday will not be an additional public holiday.
  • Your staff member will work for you on Saturday, they will be paid time and half for working this day and you will be required to give them an additional day off.

If your staff does not normally work Saturdays for you, then Monday will be classified as a public holiday and you must apply the same treatment described above for the day.

Article written by Briar Carr – accountant at Candy Gillespie and member of Equine Industry Association, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to email: briar@cgca.co.nz