Pay For Public Holidays



I work part-time from Wednesday to Friday each week. I was off work sick over the Easter period. My employer does not pay any sick pay for employees who are ill. However in my pay packet I was paid for Easter Monday but not for Good Friday. I never work on Mondays so I don’t understand why I got this extra pay. Is this correct?


Easter Monday is always a public holiday but Good Friday is not. All workers are entitled either to paid time off or pay for a public holiday. (Part-time workers must have worked for the employer for at least 40 hours in the previous five-week period to be entitled to pay for a public holiday).

Generally you are entitled to one of the following:

• A paid day off on the public holiday

• An additional day of annual leave

• An additional day’s pay

• A paid day off within a month of the public holiday

Your employer can decide which of these options you get. As a part-time worker, if you do not normally work on that particular day, you should receive one-fifth of your normal weekly pay.

In your case, even though you were on sick leave over Easter you were still entitled to paid time off work or to be paid for the public holiday. Therefore your employer paid you for Easter Monday. However since Good Friday is not a public holiday and you were not in work on that day (because of your illness) you did not receive pay for that day.

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