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Can an employee be required to work on a public holiday?

Working on a public holiday is subject to the terms of the employment contract or mutual agreement between employer and employee.

We encourage employers to recognise employees’ personal commitments, especially during public holidays.

Employees who are required to work on a public holiday must be paid an extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay.

Find out more about public holiday entitlements.

Last Updated: 7 September 2017