Employment

Employment minister clarifies worker pay on special public holiday

Any worker who is employed on any of the gazetted public holidays is entitled to public holiday pay. This was clarified by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Hon. Semi Koroilavesau yesterday. Mr Koroilavesau said this was stipulated under section 67 of the Employment Relations Promulgation (ERP) 2007 stating that a worker must be […]

Salote Qalubau

August 18, 2016 6:50 am

Any worker who is employed on any of the gazetted public holidays is entitled to public holiday pay.

The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Semi Koroilavesau. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Semi Koroilavesau. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

This was clarified by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Hon. Semi Koroilavesau yesterday.

Mr Koroilavesau said this was stipulated under section 67 of the Employment Relations Promulgation (ERP) 2007 stating that a worker must be paid in respect of each public holiday for the number of hours which the worker would normally have worked on that day had it not been a public holiday.

KOROILAVESAU: “I am clarifying this as Monday is a Special Public Holiday to celebrate with our Olympic heroes, and if a worker is employed on Monday 22 August 2016, then he/she is entitled to double pay. A worker who is not required to work on Monday will still be entitled to public holiday pay but on a single rate.”

He also appealed to all employers who will be operating during this day to pay their workers accordingly.

KOROILAVESAU: “The prerequisite for this entitlement is that the worker must be at work the day before and after the public holiday and if they are unable to do so then they must provide a valid reason or a medical certificate.”

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