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EMPLOYMENT ALERT REGARDING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

The following employment alert was sent out by DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr concerning public holidays and extra public holidays in 2011. The 1st of May and 25 December 2011 are the two public holidays that fall on a Sunday. In terms of the Public Holidays Act Monday 2 May becomes an additional public holiday. The fact of two holidays for one public holiday impacts on working arrangements and shifts and needs to be considered in advance by employers. Collective agreements may govern public holidays, working arrangements and shifts. The court has not as yet had an opportunity to consider what happens when the day after a Sunday, which is a public holiday, is also a public holiday as will be the case with 25 and 26 December 2011. In Randfontein Estates Ltd v National Union of Mineworkers (2008) 29 ILJ 998 (LAC) the Labour Appeal Court held that a public holiday that falls on a Sunday does not cease to be a public holiday; all that happens is that the next Monday automatically becomes an additional public holiday.
Following that logic, will Tuesday 27 December 2011 also become a public holiday?  If so, the cost and operational impact on employers may be significant. Employers can expect requests to take off Monday 9 August 2011 as National Womens’ Day falls on a Tuesday and Friday 17 June 2011 following Youth Day on Thursday 24 September 2011. Employers may wish to timeously make arrangements with employees to work in the Monday and Friday respectively.  For additional information contact the Employment Law practice or email faan.coetzee@dlacdh.com.

 
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