The Government has called for submissions on a proposal to Monday-ise Anzac Day and Waitangi Day. At present those public holidays are observed on the day on which they fall. This means that where either or both of these public holidays fall on a weekend, the majority of employees (those who work Monday–Friday), are not entitled to the public holiday or payment for it.
Labour’s new MP for Dunedin North, David Clark, is promoting the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and Anzac Day) Amendment Bill but interestingly, the Department of Labour has advised the Government against the proposal, citing a potential cost of up to $400 million.
There is no rush to make the changes as the next time either holiday falls on a weekend is not until 2015 and the next time they both fall on a weekend is not until 2021. However, given the potential extra costs, there is growing opposition from some employers. If you would like assistance in making a submission, please let us know.