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Payroll check: Public holidays during paid leave

Payroll systems and software are an integral part of a business’ operations, but they’re only as good as the way they’ve been set up.

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s important to check how your payroll system accounts for public holidays that fall during paid leave. If a public holiday falls on a day an employee would have normally worked, the employee must be paid for the public holiday. Where an employee is on paid leave (like sick leave or annual leave) over the public holiday, your payroll system should pay the employee for their ordinary hours and the day shouldn’t be deducted from their accumulated leave balance.