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How to pay your staff correctly on Anzac Day

Anzac day is celebrated on the 25th April, but in 2020 that date falls on a Saturday, meaning ‘Mondayisation’ is happening. Here’s a quick run-down on how to pay staff, holiday entitlements and closing times for the Anzac period.

As per usual, most shops need to stay closed until 1pm on Saturday 25th, but on the Monday regular hours are allowed.

If you have an employee who works one of the public holidays – either Saturday or Monday, they are entitled to time and a half and a day in leu if they work when the store is open, or a paid day off at their standard rate if the store is closed. 

It is important to understand that employees are not entitled to two days of public holiday pay. If they normally work the Saturday and Monday, they will only receive holiday rates for the Saturday. E.g. if we work off minimum wage at the time of Anzac 2020, $18.90, these are the holiday rates for employees who usually work both Saturday and Monday. 


$18.90 x 1.5 = $28.35 p/h plus alternative holiday


$18.90 x 1 = $18.90 p/h no alternative holiday 

If you are a retailer closing for the Saturday and Monday during the Anzac period and your staff usually work both days, they are entitled to their full entitlement for the Saturday and must take Monday unpaid or apply for annual leave. 

If you are still unsure or have any queries regarding holiday entitlement for your employees you can email advice@retail.kiwi or call 0800 472 472. 

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