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What You Need To Know About Public Holiday Payroll

Who else is looking forward to a long weekend of too much chocolate and possibly some well deserved time off?

As we head into the long awaited Easter break, it’s important salons understand their payroll obligations for public holidays over Easter and ANZAC Day this month, which apply whether your business remains open on these days or not.

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Here the Australian Hairdressing Council (AHC) explains these obligations with reference to the National Employment Standards (NES) and the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010 (Award).

Public Holidays this month fall on Friday April 3rd and Monday April 6th for Good Friday and Easter Monday, while the Saturday and Sunday are also declared as public holidays in some states, such as NSW and VIC. To see if this is true for your state, see here:

Saturday the 25th of April is the ANZAC Day public Holiday, while Western Australia has made Monday the 27th of April a public holiday as well.

When calculating payments for employees who work on a public holiday, a rate of double time and a half applies to all full time, part time and casual employees.

When calculating payment for employees who usually work on that day but are not required to come into work due to the salon being closed for a public holiday, employees must be paid at the base rate for their ordinary hours of work. Employees who are not ordinarily rostered to work on the day of the public holiday are not paid for that day.

Understanding these stipulations and calculating them into your payment plans is the first step to getting ready for the long weekend. The second step? Starting on that pile of Easter eggs.

Happy holidays everyone!

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