Blog · Holidays Act
April 27, 2015
That wasn’t too bad now was it?
Hopefully you’ve used FlexiTime for your first mondayised Anzac holiday and it’s been a breeze. FlexiTime’s automated public holidays feature does everything for you, working out from your employee’s details or timesheet history which are their otherwise working days and picking the right day to treat as a public holiday.
While a mondayised public holiday isn’t new – it’s already been a thing with Christmas and New Year – it’s been a few years since we last had one and this is the first year in which Anzac and Waitangi Day are mondayised. That avoids the nasty one-in-seven year situation where we were missing out on two public holidays in the same year.
For most people, the mondayised holiday is relatively easy to understand. If you don’t work on weekends then the Monday 27th becomes your holiday. If you do work on Saturdays then you’ll treat the 25th as your holiday.
But there are a couple of counter-intuitive, albeit relatively rare scenarios.
Ellen works part time in a bar and neither the Saturday nor the Monday are an otherwise working day for her. However, because some of her colleagues have gone away for the weekend, she gets called in to work both days. What should she get paid?
Because Saturday isn’t an otherwise working day her holiday is mondayised and Saturday is paid at the standard rate with no alternate day accrued. On the Monday, Ellen gets paid time and a half for working on the public holiday, but because it isn’t an otherwise working day for her she doesn’t get an alternate day. Because her pay week finishes on Sunday, she is surprised to see on her payslip for that week that she didn’t get time and a half for working on Anzac Day.
Here’s another one for you. Louis works Tuesdays through Fridays. He’s asked in specially to work on Anzac Saturday. What should he get paid?
Unfortunately for Louis, because Saturday isn’t an otherwise working day his holiday gets mondayised and his Saturday work is paid at the standard rate with no alternate day accruing. And since Monday isn’t an otherwise working day he doesn’t get paid anything for that day. So poor Louis gets nothing for working on Anzac day. (Hopefully his employer is kind hearted and will pay him time and a half anyway.)
This is another example of complexity and unfairness that would be avoided by a straight 12% accrual for annual leave and public holidays as described in this earlier post.
For more information on mondayised holidays in FlexiTime see this from our support centre.