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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.

Employees working shifts or on call

Days in lieu (alternative holidays)

If you are not 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.

Otherwise working day

If you do not 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.

Relevant daily pay and 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 does not have to agree.

Transferring a public holiday

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