One-off public holiday – what rules apply?

By on 21st September 2022

To mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II, there will be a one-off public holiday on Monday, 26 September. What do business owners need to know about this unexpected day off?

Here are the most important points:

  • Shop trading restrictions will not apply. (These apply on Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.)
  • Employees are entitled to have the day off and be paid leave if they normally work that day.
  • The employee can agree to work on the day.
  • Employees who work must be paid at least time-and-a-half.
  • Employees who work must also get a paid day off later (a day in lieu).

You can calculate payments for holidays and leave with this tool, and read more about business obligations around the memorial holiday here.

What about Dominion Day in South Canterbury?

South Canterbury celebrates Dominion Day on 26 September, so it was already a public holiday – but employees won’t miss out. Councillors in Waimate, Timaru and Mackenzie have voted to move Dominion Day to 11 November, where it will coincide with Canterbury Anniversary Day.

Calculating holiday and leave pay

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