It feels like we just put the Christmas decorations away and already it’s almost Easter meaning it’s a supercharged long weekend with loads of delicious and justifiable chocolate coming our way. Anzac Day is right behind Easter this year making it a little more hectic for those planning rosters. As usual, when we come into a period like this, there can be some confusion over the gazetted public holidays and what these mean to you as a business when it comes to making sure your payroll is correct, so let’s take a look….
EASTER PUBLIC HOLIDAYS BY STATE & TERRITORY
X = not a gazetted public holiday. Normal Saturday/Sunday rates apply.
* Note that Tasmania also recognises 19 April 2021 (Easter Tuesday) as a public holiday but generally only for Public Service.
Landing on a Monday, Anzac Day is very straightforward this year with all states and territories recognising the public holiday on the day it falls.
QUEENSLAND – Labour Day falls on Monday 2 May so remember to pencil in another public holiday over this period.
AND THE OTHER IMPORTANT INFO….
Who is entitled to be paid for a public holiday when it comes to your full time or part time employees? Let’s take a look…..
If your full or part time employee usually works on a day that is deemed a Public Holiday, it is categorised as a paid day without working .
If the public holiday falls on a day that an employee is not normally rostered to work, you don’t need to do anything.
For example, your part time receptionist works Monday and Tuesday every week. When it comes to Easter you do not pay her for Good Friday (15 April 2022) but you will need to pay her for Easter Monday (18 April 2022).
Remember also that anyone who is working on days gazetted as a public holiday may be entitled to public holiday loading. This will be determined by the modern award or EBA relevant to your industry or specific business so make sure you check it to avoid problems with incorrect payments.
If you are still unsure as to how to apply your respective award or EBA, contact the HR Staff n’ Stuff team for guidance. We’re always here to help – and that includes helping you with any chocky Easter eggs that you are struggling to eat yourself!
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