Get Set For Summer

Summer can be a challenging time for small businesses and contractors. Minimise any headaches by being prepared and knowing what your obligations are. At business.govt.nz you will find information and advice to help you plan for the summer season, including:

  • cash flow
  • tax on bonuses and Christmas parties
  • claiming expenses
  • hiring seasonal workers
  • tips for landlords and contractors

The Christmas run-up can be frantic for small business owners. It’s important to think about business basics like paying taxes and staff before you start decorating the tree, business.govt.nz has great advice and reminders including:

Paying Staff Over the Holidays

When there’s a public holiday on a day your employee usually works, they’re entitled to a paid day off — no matter how long they’ve worked for you.

You can only require employees to work a public holiday if it’s written in their employment agreements. Also, if they agree to work, you must:

  • pay them at least time and a half
  • give them another paid day off later

Mondayisation:

When a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, employees who don’t normally work then get the following Monday as their paid public holiday — this is called Mondayisation.

Any employee can ask to transfer a public holiday to another day.

You must consider requests unless you have a policy that prevents transferring public holidays, or you have an annual close-down period during the holidays.

Working on a Public Holiday

An employee is entitled to a full alternative day off – also called a day in lieu – if they work on a public holiday that would normally be a working day for them. They will also be paid at least time and a half for the hours worked.

If the employee doesn’t normally work on that day, then they won’t get an alternative day off. But they are still entitled to be paid at least time and a half for the hours worked.

To learn more about holiday pay and other ways your business can get set for summer click here.