10 May Public Holiday Pay
A challenge to any business when you are trying to keep productivity up, staff motivated and focused and expenses down.
It is important to know what you legally are obliged to pay staff– so that you are not paying too much or breaking the law by not paying public holidays at all! There are also options in the BCEA that allow for you to move public holiday leave taken to more convenient days to improve your profitability.
Here is what that Department of Labour says about Public Holiday Pay:
Basic Guide to Public Holidays
Pay for Public Holidays
Workers must get paid time off for any public holiday that falls on a working day.
Working on Public Holidays
Working on a public holiday is by agreement only.
Workers must be paid extra for working on a public holiday.
Exchanging Public Holidays
A public holiday can be exchanged with another day by agreement.
Public Holidays and Annual Leave
A public holiday cannot be counted as annual leave.
Based on Legislation in Section 20, of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act
|Workers must get paid time off for public holidays, but if they agree to work, they must be paid double their normal daily wage.
The Basic Conditions of Employment Act applies to all employers and workers, but not –
The section of the Act that regulate working hours does not apply to:
The provisions for public holidays do not apply to –