Shift workers and public holidays
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.
Public holidays run from midnight to midnight.
If you work on a public holiday
If your shift falls on a public holiday you’ll be paid for the hours you work.
You’ll be paid whatever pays more, either:
- time and a half, or
- what you’d normally be paid — including any extra money you’re paid for working on a particular type of day, sometimes called a penal rate.
If it’s a day you’d usually work you’ll also get a day in lieu (alternative holiday) for the public holiday the shift covers — even if your shift covers only part of a public holiday.
If you aren’t sure it’s a day you usually work
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.
If you don’t work on a public holiday
If it’s a day you usually work you’ll be paid either:
- what you’d get if you had worked that day — this is known as relevant daily pay, or
- your average daily pay over the past 52 weeks.
There are rules for whether you’re paid relevant daily pay or average daily pay.
If your shift falls across 2 days
If you work shifts that cross over 2 days, you can ask your employer to transfer the public holiday. Your employer doesn’t have to agree.