How to Mondayise & Tuesdayise public holidays this holiday season 2016/17

Date: 15th December 2015

Updated: December 2016

We’ve talked about holiday pay and entitlements and tips on staffing your business during the holiday season in previous posts. As the upcoming public holidays of Christmas Day 2016 and New Year’s Day 2017 both fall during the weekend, we want to give you a little more in-depth information on ‘Mondayising’ or, in this case, ‘Tuesdayising’ public holidays. This means that some staff may be entitled to a day off on Tuesday rather than the Sunday.

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Public holiday dates

Here are the upcoming public holiday dates and observed dates for 2016/2017:

  • Christmas Day – Sunday 25 December or Tuesday 27 December 2016
  • Boxing Day – Monday 26 December 2016
  • New Year’s Day – Sunday 1 January or Tuesday 3 January 2017
  • Day after New Year’s Day  – Monday 2 January 2017

Keep track of staff entitlements

It’s important to keep track of leave and pay for your employees during holidays so everybody gets what they’re entitled to. Note that even if an employee has just been hired, they’re entitled to public holidays that fall on days they would usually work.

Employees are entitled to a paid day off on a public holiday if it would otherwise be a working day for them. If you ask them to work, and they agree, you must pay them at least time and a half, and give them a paid day off at a later date.

If you’re a business that operates on Sundays and Tuesdays, your employees don’t get both days as public holidays – they just get one. So, you treat Sunday as the public holiday, paying employees who work at least time and a half with a paid day off at a later date. Treat Tuesday as a regular working day (no extra pay and no paid time off later).

Read more about how to handle alternative days off at the Employment NZ website.

Mondayisation & Tuesdayisation

For staff who don’t work weekends, the first workday after the Saturday or Sundays will be treated as their public holidays – eg, Tuesday 27th December will be an observed public holiday for Christmas Day for someone who would normally not work Sundays.

Some workers only work public holidays, eg someone who works at a racetrack for a Waitangi Day race. They must be paid time and a half. But they don’t get an alternative day’s holiday.

 Example: alternate day off or not?

  • Rachel normally works Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays at a café. She’s happy to work her regular Sunday shift on Christmas Day. Because a worker is entitled to only one of the public holidays (either Sunday or Tuesday), her boss, Sarah notes on Rachel’s pay records that she worked Sunday, and was paid time and a half. She records on Rachel’s leave file that she’s entitled to a day off at a later date. Rachel plans to take her day off in March, with Sarah’s agreement. Rachel’s 27 December shift is treated like a regular Tuesday, so she doesn’t get any extra pay or a day off.
  • Joe also works at the café, usually Monday to Friday. He is entitled to a paid day off, and confirms he’ll take Tuesday off as he wants to go to a family get-together. He gets his normal pay for Tuesday.
  • Sarah calls up Jeremy who works for her on a casual basis to see if he can cover Joe’s shift on Tuesday 27 December. He says he can, and is paid time and a half. He doesn’t get an alternative day off though.

More information

For more help, go to Employment New Zealand, or talk to us.

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