Public Holidays and Staff

Public holidays are a different entitlement to annual leave, so they can’t be taken from an employee’s annual leave balance.

Remember, that as an employer, you also can’t change an employee’s regular days off so they miss out on public holiday entitlements.

And if staff take sick leave before or after a public holiday, you can’t automatically deny them the leave, but you can ask for evidence.

If you have any doubts or queries, you should contact the Australian Fair Work Commission.

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