News from our Support Team
Over the next couple of months, we have a number of public holidays coming up.
So, how do you treat these in JobKeeper?
Public holidays (extract from Fair Work Ombudsman)
Public holiday pay needs to be included when calculating an employee’s usual pay if the employee:
Employees who are stood down without pay by their employer under the Fair Work Act are still entitled to be paid for public holidays that fall during the stand down period. This applies if the employee would normally have ordinary hours of work falling on the day of the public holiday.
Example from Fair Work Ombudsman
Example: Public holiday during stand down
Shashi is a full-time employee who normally works Monday to Friday at Sheepish Shoes in Victoria. The business is a qualifying employer receiving JobKeeper payments from the ATO for Shashi.
Sheepish Shoes gives Shashi a JobKeeper enabling stand down direction to work no hours from 1 June 2020 to 15 June 2020.
Monday, 8 June 2020 is a public holiday in Victoria (Queen’s Birthday). If Shashi worked as normal, he’d be entitled to 7.5 hours off work (his normal hours on Mondays) without loss of pay.
As Shashi is entitled to be away from work on the public holiday, the JobKeeper enabling stand down direction doesn’t apply to him on this day. This means Sheepish Shoes has to pay Shashi at his base pay rate for 7.5 hours (his normal Monday hours).
When calculating how much it needs to pay Shashi for the fortnight, Sheepish Shoes needs to include the amount Shashi is entitled to be paid for the public holiday. They must pay Shashi either the JobKeeper payment amount or the amount they would normally pay Shashi for the public holiday, whichever is higher.
Sheepish Shoes needs to pay Shashi an amount equal to the JobKeeper payment for this fortnight, because it’s higher than the amount Shashi would be paid for the public holiday.
Bookkeeping for Public Holidays and JobKeeper
The employee is entitled to the normal amount they would have been paid for the Public Holiday, even if they are subject to a standdown provision.
Then consider the JobKeeper fortnight total amount being paid. The employer must pay the greater of:
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