While some of us may still be shaking off 2020, Easter falls a week earlier this year as compared to last year and is quickly approaching. As always, we remind Queensland employers that all FOUR days across the Easter weekend are designated public holidays. This is also the case in NSW, the ACT and Victoria.
Note also, that with Anzac Day falling on a Sunday this year, in Queensland, there will be a substitute public holiday observed on Monday, 26 April 2021; Sunday, 25 April is NOT designated as a public holiday in Queensland. Although Monday, 26 April has been designated as the Anzac Day public holiday for Queensland, restrictions on trading hours will still apply to Sunday, 25 April. Check whether your business can lawfully operate on 25 April here.
Upcoming public holidays for Queensland include:
|2 April 2021||Friday||Good Friday|
|3 April 2021||Saturday||Day after Good Friday|
|4 April 2021||Sunday||Easter Sunday|
|5 April 2021||Monday||Easter Monday|
|26 April 2021||Monday||Anzac Day Holiday|
|3 May 2021||Monday||Labour Day|
Under the Modern Awards, all work performed on a public holiday will attract the designated public holiday penalty (often, double time and a half). Permanent (full-time and part-time) employees who are not required to work because of a public holiday will be entitled to be absent without loss of pay for the day. A small number of Modern Awards, including the Registered & Licensed Clubs Award 2020 and the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2020, also entitle full-time employees to the benefit of a public holiday falling on a rostered day off.
Subscribers who are unsure of their employees’ entitlements with respect to public holidays are invited to contact the ES advice line on (07) 3220 3500 for assistance, or try the live chat portal below (ideal for those quick queries).