You’re entitled to a paid day off on public holidays that fall on days you’d normally work. If you choose to work, you should be paid at least time and a half and get another paid day off later.
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, but most businesses have to be closed.
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.
You can be paid time and a half for the hours you work on a public holiday and get a paid day off to take later, or transfer the holiday to another time.
Anyone can ask their employer to transfer a public holiday to another day.
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