Will you be prejudiced when a public holiday falls within your annual leave period on a normal working day?
Clause 5(5)(a)(i)(ii) of the MIBCO Main Collective Agreement states the following:
“If any of the paid public holidays referred to in clause 9.6 of this Division falls on a working day within the period of leave of an employee, the employer shall either-
add one working day on full pay to the said period of leave in respect of each such paid public holiday; or
pay to the employee in question one normal day’s pay in lieu of leave on the pay-day immediately following such employee’s period of leave”
The employer has two options, to add one extra working day on full pay to your leave taken in regard to each paid public holiday day or to pay you a normal day’s pay on this public holiday without deducting this day from your accrued leave.
In a Nutshell: In practice, the public holiday will not be deducted from your accrued leave, but paid as a normal working day whilst on leave.