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There are eleven public holidays in New Zealand:
Public holidays are in addition to annual leave entitlements. If you are requested to work on a public holiday, and agree to do so, you will receive payment at the rate of time and a half for the hours worked. If the holiday would normally be a working day for you, you will also receive an alternative holiday.
When a public holiday falls on a normal working day for you, and you have not worked, you will be paid at the full (normal rate) of pay.
You do not need to apply for public holidays in MyHR.
Information on the dates that public holidays fall on can be obtained from the Department of Labour website.
To claim the additional payment mentioned above for working on a public holiday, the staff member's line manager should complete the request for payment form below.
This form requires the line manager to indicate how many hours were worked by the staff member on the public holiday, so that the additional payment at the rate of time and a half can be arranged.
If the Public Holiday would otherwise be a working day for your staff member, they will receive an alternative holiday which will appear in the MyHR portal, and can be applied for and taken at a later date.
Ordinary time has already been paid to your staff member through the normal fortnightly salary payment. As your staff member must be paid time and a half for the hours worked on the public holiday, they will receive an additional payment for half time for the actual number of hours worked on the Public Holiday.
If the hours worked on the Public Holiday were not a normal working day for the staff member, they will receive time and half for these hours worked but not an alternative holiday.
Payment for a Public Holiday and an entitlement to an alternative holiday is requested by the staff member's line manager
You will need your staff member's ID number to complete this form.
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016