Christmas is coming, the sun is shining and the industry is getting ready for the busy season. With the Christmas period comes the need to review the public holiday rates in the fuel wholesale and retail industries, which is the focus of this week’s HR Highlight.
See the following links for more on public holidays in each State: Where Christmas Eve or New Years Eve has been declared a public holiday, the holiday rates and treatment will apply from 7 pm until midnight.
When a full-time or part-time employee works a public holiday, they have to be paid for the public holiday PLUS paid a premium or penalty for working on what should have been a day off for them.
When calculating and communicating pay rates to staff there can be some confusion. This is compounded by the special treatment of Christmas Day and Boxing Day in most modern awards. It is important to review the Award, or employment instrument that the employee is engaged under, to determine the rates and minimum hours to be offered.
Basics: Employment instruments
Public holidays are broadly provided for under the National Employment Standards, but it is important to review the Modern Award or employment instrument that the employee is engaged under to determine special treatment for some days and the rates and minimum hours to be offered. ACAPMA Members are reminded that ACAPMA can provide advice and support on the operation of public holidays in the industry as well as resources on the calculation and application of public holiday rates.
Basics: Not working on a public holiday
If an employee, whether they are permanent or casual, is not usually scheduled to work on a designated public holiday, they are not entitled to public holiday pay or time in lieu as there is no loss on their part.
So if an employee usually works Monday to Friday and the public holiday falls on a Saturday, there is no change to the employees week or wage. Similarly, if the employee usually works Wednesday to Sunday and the public holiday falls on a Monday, there is no change to the employees week or wage.
Basics: Substitute days
Employers can discuss with their employees to arrange to substitute a public holiday for another day which the employee can take as their designated public holiday.