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Workers employed on public holidays entitled to double pay

The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Honourable Semi Koroilavesau has clarified that a worker who is employed on any of the gazetted public holidays is entitled to public holiday pay. The Minister highlighted that Section 67 of the Employment Relations Promulgation (ERP) 2007 states that a worker must be paid in respect of […]

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March 25, 2016 11:57 am

The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Honourable Semi Koroilavesau has clarified that a worker who is employed on any of the gazetted public holidays is entitled to public holiday pay.

The Minister highlighted that Section 67 of the Employment Relations Promulgation (ERP) 2007 states 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.

If a worker is employed this Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday, then the worker is entitled to double pay.

Minister Koroilavesau said if a worker does not come to work on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday, then they will be paid public holiday pay, but on a  single rate.

The worker must be at work a 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.

Minister Koroilavesau appealed to all employers who will be operating during these public holidays to remunerate their workers accordingly.

Minister Koroilavesau is also advising the general public that the public holiday for Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday will not be celebrated on Wednesday 30th March 2016 as per Gazette Notice No. 68.

He confirmed that the public holiday for Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday will be celebrated on Monday 12th December 2016 as per amended Gazette Notice No. 77.

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