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Holidays and leave

The Holidays Act 2003 helps to promote balance between work and other aspects of employees’ lives.

The Holidays Act 2003 covers:

Calculating leave payments

Principles underpinning the Holidays Act 2003

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.

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.