Easter Weekend – Do you need to pay your Employees?
Under the Holidays Act 2003, it recognises Good Friday and Easter Monday as Public Holidays. The Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 imposes further obligations on Employers in relation to Good Friday and Easter Sunday. What do you as an Employer need to know?
Good Friday and Easter Sunday
Under the Shop Trading Hours Act you are required to close your business on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. As such if Friday and/or Sunday is a normal working day for your Employee you will be required to pay them for the hours they would have worked, had your business been open. However you will not be required to pay them at time and a half, nor will they be entitled to a day in lieu.
Some Employers may have an automatic exemption which allows them to open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, such as Petrol Stations and Convenience Stores. As Good Friday is a Public Holiday, your Employees will need to be paid at a rate of time and a half and be entitled to a day in lieu.
If Employers have an exemption either automatic or by local Council Bylaw exemption to open on Easter Sunday, Employees will be remunerated at their ordinary rate of pay, and will not be entitled to a day in lieu, as Easter Sunday is not a recognised Public Holiday.
All business are able to open on Easter Monday and are not prevented from doing so under the Shop Trading Hours Act. As Easter Monday is a recognised Public Holiday, Employees who work that day will be entitled to be paid at a rate of time and a half and be entitled to a day in lieu.
If you have any questions about how the Easter Weekend affects you, or how Employees should be remunerated for working on these days, please feel free to give us a call.