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Holidays and leave

The Holidays Act 2003 helps to promote balance between work and other aspects of employees’ lives. It was amended by the Holidays (Transfer of Public Holidays) Amendment Act 2008 and the Holidays Amendment Act 2010. This section includes those changes.

The Holidays Act 2003 covers:

Calculating leave payments

Principles underpinning the Holidays Act

New Zealand law on holidays and leave has been based on three key concepts:

The Holidays Act 2003 reinforces these principles by balancing fairness between employers and employees, and recognising that, in some areas, existing arrangements may meet these principles.

More information about the changes to the laws on employment relations and holidays from the 2010 Amendment Acts can be found in “Changes to laws on employment relations and holidays”.

Payment for other holidays and leave

For public holidays, alternative holidays, sick leave and bereavement leave an employee is entitled to be paid either their relevant daily pay or average daily pay.