March 17 2014
Special public holiday arrangements are now going to apply for Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day. From 1 January 2014, ANZAC Day and Waitangi Day are now ‘Mondayised’.
This means if the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday will be transferred to the following Monday, meaning your employee still gets a paid day off if they would usually work on those days. If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday and that day would otherwise be a working day for the employee, the holiday remains at the traditional day and your employee is entitled to a paid day off.
This year Waitangi Day fell on a Thursday and ANZAC Day falls on Friday, 25 April so there’s no ‘Mondayising’ of those public holidays. You will, however, need to keep the new law in mind in future years.