Published March 2021
Bring on the 4-day long weekend!
Everyone loves the Easter long weekend, and while we are all looking forward to a well-earned break (super long for some who are already in lockdown!), there are a few things all employers should consider in the lead-up this week.
Here are our top 3 things to consider:
1. PUBLIC HOLIDAY DATES & PAYMENTS
In Queensland, Good Friday, the Day After Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are public holidays. This is 2nd to 5th April 2021, inclusive.
Generally, employees should be paid for the public holiday if it is a day they usually work (excluding casuals), or penalty rates usually apply if an employee works.
Please note that the public holiday dates vary between states so if you have employees in other states, be sure to check this page here for dates that apply.
2. PAYROLL PROCESSING
If you usually process payroll on a Monday or Friday, consider whether you need to make alternative arrangements (for example, processing on Thursday). Be sure to communicate any changes with your team ahead of time.
3. IF FLAT/LOADED RATE EMPLOYEES WORK A PUBLIC HOLIDAY
You should ensure these employees remain better off when compared to the Award or Enterprise Agreement that applies to them (taking in to account the penalty rates that would ordinarily apply on a public holiday).
These tips also apply to Anzac Day coming up on 25 April 2021.
As this falls on a Sunday this year, the date of the public holiday varies between states. For Queensland, the public holidays falls on Monday 26 April. Be sure to check the dates here for other states, if they apply to you.