Days in lieu (alternative holidays)
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 get a full day off
You get a full day off, no matter how many hours you work. This includes if you:
- only work part of a shift, for example you only work 2 hours when you usually work more
- are on call and you're either:
- called in, or
- didn't get a proper day off, for example you couldn't travel away or you had to check your email regularly.
When you don't get a day in lieu
You don't get a day in lieu (alternative holiday) if you:
- wouldn't usually work that day
- only work on public holidays
- are on call but didn't have to do anything and being on call didn't stop you doing what you wanted to do with your day.
If it's not clear you'd usually work that day
You need to talk to your employer, and agree together if it's a day you'd usually work. The Employment NZ website explains what you and your employer must consider.
How to take your day in lieu
You need to talk to your manager and agree on a day. You can choose when you want to take your day in lieu (alternative holiday), but it needs to be taken on a day you'd usually work.
If you can't agree on a day, your employer can choose one for you, but they have to tell you at least 14 days before the day. They can't take your day in lieu (alternative holiday) away.
If you don't want to take your day in lieu
As long as your employer agrees, you can swap your day in lieu (alternative holiday) for an extra day's pay if you haven't taken it within 12 months.
If your employer doesn't agree they can choose which day you take off, but they have to tell you at least 14 days before the day.
How much you get paid
You'll usually be paid your normal rate for your day in lieu (alternative holiday).