Mondayised Public Holidays

How do Mondayised public holidays work in NZ?

Sometimes public holidays in New Zealand are Mondayised or Tuesdayised. This means when the calendar date of the public holiday falls on a weekend day, the holiday is transferred to the nearest Monday (for a Saturday) or Tuesday (for a Sunday).

The Mondayised Public Holidays for 2022 are:

New Year’s DaySaturday 1 January or Monday 3 January
Day after New Year’s DaySunday 2 January or Tuesday 4 January
Waitangi DaySunday 6 February or Monday 7 February 
Christmas DaySunday 25 December or Tuesday 27 December

It can be difficult to identify which date your employee should receive their public holiday entitlement. To work this out, you look at whether the Saturday or Sunday is a normal working day for them. If it is, they receive their entitlement on the Saturday or the Sunday. But if Monday is also a normal working day for them, they do not receive any further public holiday entitlement for this day – its one or the other, never both.

If your employee does not work a Saturday, but Monday is a normal working day for them, they receive their public holiday entitlement on the Monday.

Essentially, an employee cannot receive public holiday entitlements for both the calendar date and the observed date.

Read more about paying your staff over the upcoming public holidays.

If you have any questions, our Advice Service is here to help. Email us at [email protected], or give us a call on 0800 472 472 (1800 128 086 from Australia).

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