04 Apr Easter Public Holidays
What happens if an absence before or after a public holiday is unauthorised?
There is nothing in the Fair Work Act to suggest that an employee forfeits their entitlement to payment for a public holiday if they take an unauthorised absence on the working day before or after a public holiday.
While such a term was common in awards and agreements some years ago, the right of an employer to deduct payment for a public holiday in this circumstance was removed with the start of the Fair Work Act on 1 January 2010.
While an unauthorised absence before or after a public holiday may be grounds for instigating disciplinary action, an employee would still be entitled to payment for a public holiday that falls on a day the employee is normally rostered to work.