Do I need to pay an employee if they do not work on a Public Holiday? We often get asked variations of this common question by employers in the lead-up to the holidays. Last week, we got asked, “if an employee usually works 10 hours per day, do they still get paid for 10 hours if they don’t work on a Public Holiday?” So, what is the answer?
Firstly, it depends on a couple of things.
If the employee is rostered to work 10 hours of ordinary time then yes. The employee should be paid 10 hours for the Public Holiday.
However, if they are paid 7.6 ordinary hours and 2.4 hours overtime, then in the event they don’t work on a Public Holiday, they are entitled to payment for 7.6 hours.
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