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Christmas & New Year Public Holidays: Dept of Labour Guidelines For Employers

We have included some useful information from the Department of Labour (DOL), especially applicable to employers over the Christmas and New Year Period.

You will find links to relevant guidelines and legislation below. So, what are the rules for the Christmas and New Year public holidays this year?

This year Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on a Friday, and Boxing Day and 2 January fall on a Saturday.

There are no special rules for Christmas Day or New Year’s Day this year; these public holidays are observed on the days they fall. Special rules will apply to Boxing Day and 2 January because they fall on a Saturday.

For employees who normally work on a Saturday, Boxing Day and 2 January are observed on that day. For employees who normally do not work on a Saturday, Boxing Day and 2 January are transferred to the following Monday (28 December 2009 and 4 January 2010), if Monday would be a normal working day for the employee.

Use the DOL's Holidays Online Tool to work out entitlements for public holidays.

For information on annual leave visit the DOL website, or contact GRA.

Merry Xmas

John Rowe
John Rowe
Business Accounting Services
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