Public Holidays

How do Public Holidays Work

Up to date public holidays are provided in each business, automatically. They are utilised in the following ways:

  • Public holidays excluded when estimating amount of leave required for leave applications (public holidays are determined based upon the employee's default location)
  • Pay conditions may be set up to automatically pay employees at different rates for public holidays

Please note that unless pay condition rules are set up, public holidays are not automatically applied during a pay run.

Manually Adding Public Holidays

You can also manually add public holidays for custom holidays not automatically included such as local/regional and company authorised (e.g. picnic days) public holidays, and assign each public holiday a location for which it will apply. 

The settings for Public Holidays can be accessed and updated by clicking on the Payroll settings > Public holidays option:

This screen allows you to:

  • Manually add public holidays - click on required date on the calendar to add public holiday - please check for all government public holidays not listed and add them in manually if required
  • If you want a public holiday to apply to certain locations only you can assign a location to the public holiday when creating it. 

System Public Holidays 

You can disable a system public holiday by selecting the holiday and choosing the disable option. This will leave the holiday in your calendar but there will be a line through the name;



To re enable this holiday simply select it again and select to restore the system public holiday. 


Setting up Public Holiday Pay Conditions

This section describes how to set up a basic rule for public holidays. For more information about pay conditions, refer to this article.

This section assumes that an appropriate Public Holiday pay category has been set up and that the public holiday rates have been configured for the employees.

To add a public holiday rule to your existing rule set:

  • click 'Add Rule' on the right hand side of the page
  • Give your rule a name, e.g: 'Public Holidays'
  • in the 'WHEN' section, choose 'Public Holiday'
  • in the 'THEN' section, choose 'Apply Pay Category' and then select an appropriate 'Public Holiday' pay category
  • click 'Save'


Be sure to activate the rule set and associate the rule set with the appropriate employees.

There are different scenarios in which you may want to automate for your Public Holidays, so please see the below article for this:

How to Automate Public Holiday Pay with Rule Sets

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