'Mondayised' Public Holidays
The effect of 'Mondayised' Public Holidays in the retail environment.
Every few years Anzac Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday and is 'Mondayised' which means that some retailers are feeling the effects of two Public Holidays (Saturday and Monday) instead of the normal one.
The cost of 'Mondayisation'
Anzac day trading restrictions mean that a lot of retail businesses will be closed from 9am-1pm on Saturday 25th April. The business can choose to open for the afternoon and will pay normal Saturday staff their Public Holiday entitlements for the Saturday (worked or not).
Monday is then a Public Holiday for those where Saturday is not a normal working day. The business may choose to open or close (no trading restrictions apply) and the staff who are entitled to their Public Holiday on the Monday will be paid accordingly. Please note - Employees are not entitled to two public holidays.
Where we see retailers incurring additional costs is where they may close for two days rather than one and also where they have different staff who work Saturdays and Mondays and therefore, pay two days of Public Holiday entitlements.
Looking for appropriate solutions
When considering the most cost appropriate way to roster staff over Anzac Day - first refer to the Employment Agreement to ensure staff are being rostered according to their agreement. If you have the ability to roster staff on the Saturday and Monday this will mean you only pay for the Public Holiday once. Please do not remove a staff member from the roster on a Public Holiday if it would have been a normal working day for them as not recognising an employee's holiday entitlements is against the law.
This is an issue our members are contacting us about currently, we recognise the disadvantages to some businesses and will be raising these concerns with Government.
Make sure you are in the know about Public Holidays
It seems that every time a public holiday comes around, there's lot of scratching of heads, wondering what to pay staff and why.
We have formatted a guide specifically for this area, breaking the laws down and providing some working examples to help ease the process. It's FREE for Retail NZ members (or $29 plus GST for non-members).
And as always, if you have any specific issues in this area or any other, our Advice Service is here to help and can be contacted by email or phone 0800 472 472 (1800 128 086 from Australia).
Published in the 2nd March 2020 edition of Talking Shop.