What you get paid for working on public holidays may seem like a grey area at times. Do you know what you are entitled to as a contractor?
As an employee, when you work on public holidays you are entitled to time-and-a-half plus a day in lieu, if your regular workday falls on a public holiday. However, as a contractor this is not the case.
When you negotiate your pay rate, this will cover all expenses (holidays, sick leave, etc.). This is why it is important for you to negotiate the correct pay rate at the outset. Talk to the person you are supporting and find out how many public holidays you are likely to work, and factor this in to your hourly rate.
If you have a cleaning job, you might not need to work on those days. However, if you are providing personal care then you are more likely to have to work on public holidays.
A little hint: three out of the 11 public holidays each year fall on a Monday. So if you work Mondays on a regular basis this is something to definitely factor in. For a list of New Zealand’s public holidays click here.
Angela requires support to get dressed morning and evening, and during the day to assist with meals. On public holidays Angela often visits family who are able to support her during the day. Therefore, she only requires support for dressing in the morning and evening.
Angela also has a support worker who is often not available to fill these shifts as she routinely leaves town to visit her family bach.
Angela decided she wanted to pay a little extra to her workers who always made themselves available for the holiday season. She used Mycare’s ‘create new rate’ feature to enable her to choose a higher rate over the public holiday season, as pictured below.
This option appears whenever you book a new visit so in one easy step you are able to increase or create a flat rate for the day.
If you have any questions about public holidays or the type of support we can offer please contact us on 0800 677 700 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.