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Your questions answered: Are employees entitled to public holiday pay while they are on unpaid leave?

By Portner Press on September 11th, 2019
  1. Employee Management
  2. Leave Provisions

Q
Is an employer required to pay an employee for a public holiday when the employee is on leave without pay or unpaid parental leave?
A
Only employees who normally work on a day upon which a public holiday falls will be entitled to payment at their base rate of pay for the ordinary hours they would have worked if they had not been absent on the public holiday.

Therefore, if an employee is on unpaid maternity leave, leave without pay or unpaid parental leave over a public holiday, e.g. Good Friday, then they are not entitled to be paid for the public holiday.

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