AFTA @ Work March Newsletter
A) The National Employment Standards (‘NES’) covers the question you have raised. The NES states that employees are entitled to be away from work on public holidays. However, an employer may ask an employee to work on a public holiday provided the request is reasonable. The employee may also refuse the request if such refusal is reasonable. To determine whether a request or a refusal is reasonable, you must consider the following:
If an employee does not work on a public holiday, they must be paid at their base rate of pay for their usual ordinary hours of work on that day. If an employee does not usually work on that particular day however, they are not entitled to be paid.
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