Shift workers and public holidays
You can be paid time and a half for the hours you work on a public holiday or transfer the holiday to another time.
Public holidays run from midnight to midnight.
If you work shifts that cross over 2 days, you can:
- work your normal shift, be paid time and a half for the hours that fall on the public holiday and get another full day of paid leave to take later, or
- ask your employer to transfer the public holiday to cover your entire shift.
If you transfer the holiday:
- any other hours you work on the actual public holiday (outside of the agreed shift) won't be paid at public holiday rates
- if you work the shift you've transferred the holiday to, you'll be entitled to time and a half for the whole shift and an alternative paid day off to take later.
Agreements to transfer public holidays have to be in writing.