Public Holidays


Do you know how public holidays affect employees?

Public holidays fall on different days during the year, depending on what state or region you live in. How do these different holidays impact employees?

As an employer, it is important to know how public holidays affect an employee’s work. If a public holiday falls on an employee’s normal day of work, they are entitled to be paid their ordinary rate and not have to work. If they are required to work, they must be paid the public holiday rate. However, if the public holiday does not fall on their normal day of work, they do not get any special rate of pay.

An employee has the right to refuse to work on a public holiday if the request is unreasonable. As an employer, you need to consider the following if a request is seen to be unreasonable:

  • Family commitments
  • Rate of pay
  • The needs of the company
  • The type of work being performed
  • Whether public holidays are included in their pay
  • How much notice an employer gives an employee
  • How much notice the employee gives the employer if they refuse to work

Remember that public holidays do not come around very often throughout the year, and many people use the extended weekend to take a break and visit family or friends. Try to be open to all possibilities and understand that all employees deserve a break once in a while.

For more information regarding public holiday rates, contact us on (08) 9316 9896 or


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Marisa Ross

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Marisa is an experienced and motivated HR professional with a strong HR generalist and business operations background with a focus on employee relations, performance management, leadership training & development, workers compensation & injury management, and employee retention. Marisa holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with a minor in Counselling. Having worked in a variety of industries from SMEs to large blue-chip organisations, Marisa is passionate about enriching employee experience, employee retention, and building leadership capability in people management.

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