Working over Easter
Only Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays. Easter Sunday is not a public holiday, and shops can choose to open if their local council lets them.
Most businesses legally must be closed on Good Friday.
If your employer is open for business and you:
- choose to work, and
- would usually have worked that Friday, you’ll:
- be paid at least time and a half — 1.5 times what you’d usually make but only for the hours you work that day
- get a paid day off to take later, even if you’ve only worked part of a shift — called a day in lieu or alternative holiday.
If you work on Good Friday but you do not usually work on Fridays, you’ll be paid time and a half. You will not get a day in lieu.
Shops can open on Easter Sunday if the local council lets them.
If your employer is open and you go to work you’ll be paid your usual rate — no time and a half and no paid day off later.
If you usually work Sundays but your employer is closed you will not get a paid day off unless your employer offers one in your employment agreement.
You do not have to work on Easter Sunday
Your employer must let you know 4 to 8 weeks before Easter that you can refuse to work on Easter Sunday.
You must tell your employer you’re not going to work. You must tell them in writing, and within 14 days of your employer telling you can refuse to work.
If you refuse to work on Easter Sunday:
- you do not have to give a reason
- your employer cannot treat you badly if you refuse to work
- you can raise a personal grievance against your employer if you’re made to work or you’re treated badly for not working.
Normal public holiday rules apply.