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National Public Holiday Guidance

Monday, 19 September, 2022, has been declared a public holiday in honour of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II State Funeral.

In accordance with Section 16 of the Labour Act (2021 Revision), Employers and Employees are reminded of the following –

—  Employees who are not required to work on a public holiday, must be paid the basic wage they would have normally received for working on that day, had it not been a public holiday; provided they work their SCHEDULED work day immediately before and after the public holiday;

—  Employees who are required to work on a public holiday must be paid double their normal rate of pay for hours ACTUALLY worked. Where that person works less than the full day that person shall, in addition, be paid at the normal rate for any hours by which the time actually worked falls short of that person’s normal working day.

—  Public holidays do not affect an employee’s vacation entitlement for the year. Earned vacation leave shall be above and beyond and shall not include any public holiday leave as provided for by section 16 of the Labour Act (2021 Revision).

If employers or employees have additional queries please contact the Department of Labour & Pensions at or call 945-8960.


Issued by: Department of Labour & Pensions (CIG)