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Public holiday falls on Saturday

How to work out pay and holiday entitlements for a calendar date public holiday falling on a Saturday.

Entitlements

This table shows minimum entitlements for a public holiday falling on a Saturday. Check your employment agreement for any extra entitlements.

Do you normally work Saturday? Do you normally work Monday? Minimum entitlement
No Yes

Holiday is 'mondayised'.

If you worked on Saturday and not Monday:

You would be paid your normal rate for working Saturday. You would be provided a paid day off on Monday and would be paid your relevant daily pay or average daily pay. You would not get any alternative holiday (day in lieu).

If you worked on Monday and not Saturday:

You would be paid time and half for working on Monday and get a paid alternative holiday (day in lieu) for working Monday.

If you worked both days:

You would be paid your normal rate for working Saturday and time and a half for working Monday. You would also get a paid alternative holiday (day in lieu) for working Monday.

If you worked neither day:

You would be provided a paid day off on Monday, you would be paid your relevant daily pay or average daily pay.

No No

Holiday is mondayised.

If you worked on Saturday and not Monday:

You would be paid your normal rate for working Saturday. You won’t get an alternative holiday (day in lieu).

If you worked on Monday and not Saturday:

You would be paid time and a half for working Monday. You won’t get an alternative holiday (day in lieu).

If you worked both days:

You would be paid your normal rate for working Saturday and paid time and a half for working Monday. You won’t get an alternative holiday (day in lieu).

If you worked neither day:

You won’t get any public holiday related payment for Saturday or Monday. You won’t get an alternative holiday (day in lieu).

Yes Yes

Holiday not mondayised.

If you worked on Saturday and not Monday:

You would be paid time and a half for working Saturday and get a paid alternative holiday (day in lieu) for working Saturday. You won’t get any public holiday related payment for Monday.

If you worked on Monday and not Saturday:

You would be paid your relevant daily pay or average daily pay for a day off on Saturday and paid your normal rates for working Monday.

If you worked both days:

You would be paid time and a half for working Saturday and get a paid alternative holiday (day in lieu). You would be paid your normal rate for working Monday.

If you worked neither day:

You would be paid your relevant daily pay or average daily pay, for a day off on Saturday.

Yes No

Holiday not mondayised.

If you worked on Saturday and not Monday:

You would be paid time and a half for working Saturday and get a paid alternative holiday (day in lieu).

If you worked on Monday and not Saturday:

You would be paid your relevant daily pay or average daily pay for a day off on Saturday. You would be paid your normal rate for working Monday.

If you worked both days:

You would be paid time and a half for working Saturday and get a paid alternative holiday (day in lieu). You would be paid your normal rate for working Monday.

If you worked neither day:

You would be paid your relevant daily pay or average daily pay for a day off on Saturday.

Examples

Sarah has a part-time job at a service station. She normally works on a Saturday and 25 December is a Saturday on this occasion. The service station opens on Christmas Day. The Christmas Day public holiday won’t be Mondayised for Sarah because 25 December is a normal working day for her and she will either get:

  • 25 December as a day off on her relevant daily pay or average daily pay, or
  • she can work on 25 December and be paid at a rate of at least time and a half for the hours she works and she will also get a paid alternative holiday (day in lieu).

If Sarah works on Monday 27 December, she:

  • would be paid for the hours she works at whatever rate she would normally be paid for working on a Monday, and
  • would not receive an alternative holiday (day in lieu) for working on Monday 27 December because this is just a normal Monday for Sarah.

Pita also works at the service station. He works full-time and normally works Monday to Friday. 25 December is a Saturday which is not a normal working day for Pita, so the Christmas Day holiday is Mondayised for him. He will either:

  • have Monday as a day off on his relevant daily pay or average daily pay or
  • he can work on Monday and get at least time and a half for the hours he works and also get a paid alternative holiday (day in lieu).

Pita will not get any payments (or alternative holiday) in relation to Saturday (25 December) unless he works on that day. If Pita did work on Saturday 25 December, because Saturday is not a normal working day for him, he would:

  • be paid for the hours he does at whatever rate he would be paid for any other Saturday he worked, and
  • not get an alternative holiday (day in lieu) for working on Saturday 25 December.

Pita’s employer should explain this to him before Pita agrees to work on 25 Decemeber, so that he understands that he won’t be paid at time and a half and won’t get an alternative holiday (day in lieu) for working on 25 December.

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Page last revised: 20 July 2021

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