How to pay your team during public holidays


The season to be jolly has passed, and hopefully sales were in excess of your expectations. Managing leave for Christmas and New Year Public holidays is often tricky. Before you know it, there’s regional holidays, Waitangi Day and of course Easter is on the horizon.

There are 11 Public Holidays also known as Statutory / Stat holidays under the Holidays Act. All employees are entitled to public holiday benefits whether they are casual, fixed-term, part-time or full-time. Public holidays are in addition to annual holidays, and there’s no minimum period of time an employee has to be employed to get public holiday benefits.


What an employee is entitled to for a public holiday depends on whether or not they actually work on the holiday (or the day the public holiday has been transferred to), and whether or not it would normally be a working day (otherwise working day) for them (i.e. if it wasn’t a public holiday).

An employee can only be made to work on a public holiday if it falls on a day that they would have otherwise worked on, and their employment agreement says they have to work on the public holiday.

In all other circumstances, an employee only works on a public holiday if they agree to.

It is essential that business owners keep accurate leave records for their staff, and pay them either time and a half if not normally working that day or time and a half and a day in lieu if it’s a day they normally work.

Before Easter, and before there’s more holiday pay to calculate, have a look if there is an easier way for you to be managing your payroll.

BlogImage-iPayrollPublicHolidays2iPayroll was established in 2001 as New Zealand’s premier Cloud based (Internet) payroll service specifically designed for small to medium NZ based businesses with only a few employees up to several hundred, and iPayroll offer a free trial and Retail NZ discount.

As New Zealand’s largest IRD listed online PAYE Intermediary they process upwards of $3.5 billion of 5000 customers’ payrolls every year. Easy to use, proven and trusted with offices in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch and clients throughout NZ.

It keeps records, manages leave, pays staff and manages and pays the PAYE and completes your ir-filing for you. HR is easy too with the ability to upload documents such as employment agreements, doctors’ certificates etc and record trainings. Employees have their own Kiosk to view pay history, their tax summary and donate using iPayroll giving. They can apply for leave and enter their timesheets online to be approved by their manager.

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For advice on how the Holidays Act applies, please call 0800 472 472. 

By our partner iPayroll
Elaine Kirk – 04 4722997

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