Public holidays and pay processing

Calendar for the end of 2018

Holiday name Date: actual Date: observed Date: next possible pay-day
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December Tuesday 25 December Friday 28 December
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December Wednesday 26 December Friday 28 December

See below for 2019 calendar.

Public holidays can affect your pays

The following example is for a 'mondayised' long weekend

You may be charged unexpected fees in a pay week after a long weekend because the shorter week means we can't run your normal turn-around. For example, if you use the free 2-day turn-around plan for a Thursday payday, you'll need to transfer to us on Friday before the weekend to maintain the plan

diagram showing possible paydays after a long weekend

Key points

  • Your 'pay day' is defined as the day (from early AM) your employees see their wages in their bank account.
  • We set, and the bank processes pays overnight the night before your set pay day, so:
  • You cannot have a pay day after a Saturday, Sunday or any National public holiday.
  • Do I need to record public holidays taken? Yes. Yes you do! Use the 'Public holiday off' pay type in timesheets.
  • What about recording a public holiday worked? Definitely, because that needs to be paid at 'time and a half' or 1.5 times your employees' standard rate AND you need to add an 'Alternative Holiday' day to your employee's balance (in a new row).

Further notes:

  1. If your normal payday is Tuesday, a typical long weekend like the one above will mean you will have to adjust your pay day (make it earlier or later).
  2. If your normal payday is Thursday and you use the FREE 2-day plan (i.e. you deposit by 10pm Monday), you will need to deposit the week before to avoid 1-day plan fees of 40 cents / per employee paid, unless you are a not for profit, when all plans are free.

Calendar for 2019

Holiday name Date: actual Date: observed Date: next possible pay-day
New Year's Day Tuesday 1 January Tuesday 1 January Friday 4 January
Day after New Year's Day Wednesday 2 January Wednesday 2 January Friday 4 January
Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February Wednesday 6 February Friday 8 February
Good Friday Friday 19 April Friday 19 April Wednesday 24 April
Easter Monday Monday 22 April Monday 22 April Wednesday 24 April
ANZAC Day Thursday 25 April Thursday 25 April Saturday 27 April
Queen's Birthday 1st Monday in June Monday 3 June Wednesday 5 June
Labour Day 4th Monday in October Monday 28 October Wednesday 30 October
Christmas Day Wednesday 25 December Wednesday 25 December Saturday 28 December
Boxing Day Thursday 26 December Thursday 26 December Saturday 28 December

See more on pricing in our plans and pricing page