Easter 2017 public holiday arrangements

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The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated association or not for profit bodies that are not trading or financial corporations. The Guide to who is in the WA State System has more detail.

This information does not apply to any business which operates as a Pty Ltd business and is a trading or financial corporation nor to any incorporated association or not for profit body that is a trading or financial corporation. These businesses and organisations are in the national fair work system and should visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for information on employment laws.

The Western Australian public holidays for 2017 Easter period are:

  • Good Friday - Friday 14 April 2017
  • Easter Monday - Monday 17 April 2017

Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday are not public holidays in Western Australia.

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An employee's pay and working entitlements will depend on their specific employment arrangements. Employers and employees covered by a WA award should check the award for details on public holiday rostering and payment arrangements. Information for award free employees is provided on this page.

Some WA awards require payment of additional rates on Easter Saturday.

An overview is provided below of the public holiday and Easter Saturday arrangements for:

  • Award free employees
  • Shop and Warehouse Award
  • Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers Award
  • Hairdressers Award

If your WA award is one of the top 35 awards, check the relevant WA award summary for details. For other awards, visit the WA Industrial Relations Commission website to view the full version of the WA award.

Wageline is available on 1300 655 266 to answer Easter public holiday questions.

Award free employees - 

Full time and part time employees

Award free full time and part time employees who would normally work on Good Friday (Friday 14 April 2017) and Easter Monday (Monday 17 April 2017), but who are not required to work solely because it is a public holiday, are entitled to be paid for that day.

There are no minimum entitlements to additional rates of pay for working on a public holiday for award free employees. However, award free employees may have contracts of employment which specify other arrangements for payment for working public holidays.

Casual employees

Award free casual employees are entitled to be paid for working on a public holiday. There are no minimum entitlements to additional rates of pay for award free casual employees working on a public holiday. However, award free employees may have contracts of employment which specify other arrangements for payment on public holidays.

Shop and Warehouse Award -

Full time and part time employees

Full time and part time employees who would normally be required to work on one or more of the public holidays, but who are not required to work because it is a public holiday, are entitled to be paid for that day. If a full time or part time employee is required to work on one or both of the Easter public holidays, public holiday pay rates will apply. The Shop and Warehouse Award also requires additional rates to be paid for all time worked in ordinary hours on Easter Saturday. Refer to the WA award summary for a list of public holiday pay rates.

The Shop and Warehouse Award provides that when any of the days that are public holidays under the award fall on a day that a full time or part time employee is usually required to work less than one fifth of their ordinary weekly hours of duty, the employee is entitled to time off duty without deduction of pay equivalent to the difference between the time usually worked on that day and one fifth of their ordinary weekly hours. The following examples illustrate how this works.

Example 1

Sue Lee is a full time employee who works an average of 38 hours per week. One fifth of Sue Lee's ordinary weekly hours are therefore 7.6 hours (38 divided by 5). Sue Lee normally works from Tuesday to Saturday each week.

Monday 17 April 2017 is the Easter Monday public holiday. As the public holiday falls on a day that Sue Lee is usually required to work less than one fifth of her weekly hours (in this case no hours) Sue Lee is entitled to paid time off duty equivalent to 7.6 hours. The time off duty represents the difference between the time she usually works on a Monday (0 hours) and one fifth of her ordinary weekly hours (7.6 hours).

The time off duty may be taken at a time that is mutually agreed between the employer and employee, or it may be taken in conjunction with a period of annual leave.

Sue Lee is also required to work on Easter Saturday as this is her ordinary day of work. She is therefore entitled to be paid an additional rate for her ordinary hour of work on this day.

Example 2

Jeremy is a part time employee who works an average of 30 hours per week. One fifth of Jeremy's ordinary hours are therefore 6 hours (30 divided by 5). Jeremy normally works 4 hours on a Monday.

Jeremy's employer is closed on Monday 17 April 2017 (the Easter Monday public holiday). Jeremy is entitled to be paid for the 4 hours he would normally have worked on that Monday and additionally, he is entitled to time off duty equivalent to 2 hours. The time off duty represents the difference between the time he ordinarily works on a Monday (4 hours) and one fifth of his ordinary weekly hours (6 hours).

The time off duty may be taken at a time that is mutually agreed between the employer and employee, or it may be taken in conjunction with a period of annual leave.

Jeremy is also required to work on Easter Saturday as this is his ordinary day of work. He is therefore entitled to be paid an additional rate for his ordinary hours of work on this day.

The Shop and Warehouse Award also provides that when a public holiday falls on an accrued day off (known as a 'rostered day off'), an employee is to be compensated in one of the following methods by agreement between the employer and employee:

  • payment of an additional day's wages, or
  • another day shall be allowed with pay within 28 days, or
  • an additional day shall be added to the annual leave entitlement.

Example

Harriet works 19 days over a four week cycle (8 hours per day) and has a rostered day off every fourth Friday.

In 2017 Good Friday falls on Harriet's rostered day off. To compensate this, Harriet and her employer can agree that Harriet:

  • receive payment of an additional day's wage,
  • take another rostered day off within 28 days, or
  • have another day added to her annual leave entitlement

Casual employees

Casual employees who are required to work on one or more days that are public holidays must be paid at public holiday rates, casual employees will therefore be entitled to public holiday rates of pay on the following days:

  • Friday 14 April 2017
  • Monday 17 April 2017

There is a requirement under this award to pay additional rates to casual employees required to work on Easter Saturday.

The Shop and Warehouse WA Award Summary outlines public holiday pay rates and pay rates for Easter Saturday.

Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers Award -

Full time employees

Full time employees who would normally be required to work on one or more of the public holidays, but who are not required to work because it is a public holiday, are entitled to be paid for that day.

If a full time employee is required to work on one or both of the Easter public holidays, public holiday pay rates apply. There is no requirement under this award to pay additional rates for ordinary hours worked on Easter Saturday. Regular Saturday rates of pay will apply on this day. Refer to the WA award summary for a list of public holiday pay rates.

If any public holiday falls on a full time employee's non working day (referred to as 'rostered day off'), the public holiday is observed on the next rostered working day. If the employee is required to work on the next rostered working day, they are entitled to be paid at public holiday rates of pay.

Example

Cassandra is a full time Chef who works from Wednesday to Sunday each week. In 2017 the Easter Monday public holiday falls on Monday 17 April 2017. As this is a non working day for Cassandra, the public holiday is observed on her next rostered working day. Cassandra is therefore entitled to a paid day off a Wednesday 19 April 2017. If she is required to work on this day, public holiday rates will apply.

Part time employees

Part time employees who would normally be required to work on one or more of the public holidays, but who are not required to work because it is a public holiday, are entitled to be paid for that day.

If a part time employee is required to work on a public holiday, public holiday rates will apply. There is no requirement under this award to pay additional rates for ordinary hours worked on Easter Saturday. Regular Saturday rates of pay will apply on this day. Refer to the WA award summary for a list of public holiday pay rates.

If a part time employee would not normally be required to work on a public holiday, there are no additional public holiday entitlements.

Casual employees

Casual employees who are required to work on one or more days that are public holidays for the purposes of the award must be paid at public holiday rates. Casual employees will therefore be entitled to public holiday rates of pay on the following days:

  • Good Friday - Friday 14 April 2017
  • Easter Monday - Monday 17 April 2017

There is no requirement under this award to pay casuals additional rates for working on Easter Saturday. Regular Saturday pay rates for a casual will apply on this day.

The Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers WA Award Summary outlines public holiday pay rates.

Hairdressers Award -

Full time employees

Full time employees who would normally be required to work on one or more of the public holidays, but who are not required to work because it is a public holiday, are entitled to be paid for that day.

If a full time employee is required to work on one or both of the Easter public holidays, public holiday rates will apply. The Hairdressers Award also requires additional rates to be paid for all time worked in ordinary hours on Easter Saturday. Refer to the WA award summary for a list of public holiday pay rates.

If a public holiday under the award falls on a full time employee's non working day (referred to as a 'rostered day off'), then the rostered day off is to be taken on the employee's next following working day, or by mutual agreement, on another day in the same week. Alternatively, the award allows the employer and employee to agree on the employee accumulating up to five rostered days off in any given year, which may be taken at a mutually agreed time.

Example

Nathan is a full time hairdresser and works Tuesday to Saturday each week.

In 2017, Easter Monday falls on Monday 17 April. As Monday is a non working day for Nathan (i.e. a rostered day off), Nathan is entitled to another paid day off on his next working day, which is Tuesday 18 April 2017. Alternatively, Nathan and his employer may agree the paid day off be taken on another day that week, or at another mutually convenient time.

In 2017, Good Friday falls on Friday 14 April. As Friday is a normal working day for Nathan, he is entitled to a paid public holiday on this day. If he works on this day, public holiday rates are applicable.

Under this award, if Nathan works on Easter Saturday, which would normally be his ordinary day of work, he will be entitled to be paid an additional rate for the hours worked on this day.

Part time employees

Part time employees who would normally be required to work on one or more of the public holidays but who are not required to work because it is a public holiday are entitled to be paid for that day.

If a part time employee is required to work on a public holiday, public holiday rates will apply. This award also requires additional rates to be paid for all time worked in ordinary hours on Easter Saturday. Refer to the WA award summary for a list of public holiday pay rates.

If a part time employee would not normally be required to work on a public holiday, there are no additional public holiday entitlements.

Casual employees

Casual employees who are required to work on one or both of the Easter public holidays must be paid at public holiday rates. Casual employees will therefore be entitled to public holiday rates of pay on the following days:

  • Good Friday - Friday 14 April 2017
  • Easter Monday - Monday 17 April 2017

There is a requirement under this award to pay additional rates to casual employees required to work on Easter Saturday.

The Hairdressers WA Award Summary outlines public holiday pay rates.

Record keeping

All state system employers are legally required to keep employment records that detail time worked, leave taken and pay received by employees.

Learn more on the record keeping requirements page

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