National Employment Standards 8 of 10 – Public Holidays

Can I take leave on Public Holidays?

Today I want to talk about number 8 of the 10 national employment standards – Public Holidays

This is a tricky entitlement because a public holiday is dependant on the state or territory which the employee works, and what is stated in the Award or Enterprise agreement.

The entitlement is to be absent from his or her employment on a day or part day that is a public holiday.

An employer may make a reasonable request for an employee to work on a public holiday, if a request is made, then the employee may refuse if the request is unreasonable or the refusal is reasonable.

There is some criteria about the reasonability of the refusal or the request.  We suggest you speak to the fair work ombudsman about this.

Otherwise, if you want some further free advice, we would be happy to provide some here.

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