If you work on a public holiday that falls on a day you’d normally work, you'll be paid at least time and a half, and get a day in lieu (alternative holiday).
Dates for national public holidays and regional anniversary days.
There are 4 public holidays over Christmas and New Year.
Only Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays. Easter Sunday is not a public holiday, and shops can choose to open if their local council lets them.
If you work on a public holiday and it's a day you usually work, you'll get a paid day off you can take later. This is usually called a day in lieu or an alternative holiday.
If your shift falls on a public holiday and you work you'll be paid time and a half. You'll also get a day in lieu (alternative holiday) if it's a day you usually work — even if you work only part of a shift.
Anyone can ask their employer to transfer a public holiday to another day.
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