Getting the right pay these holidays

23 Dec

Secure Jobs

With Christmas and New Years here it is important to know what your entitlements are through this period.

TIME & A HALF

If you work on any public holiday, you should always be paid at least time and a half for the time you actually work (that means your normal hourly rate plus 50%).

DAYS IN LIEU

You are entitled to a paid day off on a public holiday if it would otherwise be a working day for you.

WHAT IS AN ‘OTHERWISE WORKING DAY’?

Establishing if a day is an otherwise working day is important to understand what entitlements you should receive on a public holiday. If it is not clear what day would be an “otherwise working day” then you should:

  • Check your Collective Agreement
  • Check your work patterns in previous weeks
  • Consider any other factors, including;
    • if you only work when work is available
    • rosters or similar systems
    • reasonable expectations (if you would be expected to work on the day).

It is standard practice that if you work three out of the previous four same days of the week the public holiday falls on you are entitled to treat it as an “otherwise working day” but this isn’t a hard rule.

BEWARE ROSTER CHANGES!

If you feel your roster has been changed by your manager in December so that you don’t qualify for a day-in-lieu then contact Unite on 0800 2UNITE and let us know.

YOUR ENTITLEMENTS

2013 Christmas and New Years holidays fall on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The minimum entitlements are as listed in the table on the right.

If you normally work on a Wednesday and/or Thursday but don’t actually work on the holidays on these days you are entitled to your “relevant daily pay” for the holiday.

SHIFTS THAT COVER TWO DAYS

There are special provisions if your shift starts one day and finishes on another – e.g. you start a shift on New Years eve but actually finish the shift after midnight on New Years Day.

For more information on that, to calculate relevant daily pay or other holiday  entitlements you can use the online tools at www.dol.govt.nz/holidaytool/ or contact your Unite organiser.

For a printable version of this information download this PDF file: 2013-14 Holiday Pay

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