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Jan 11, 2023
The UOW has acknowledged that 26 January is not a day of celebration for all Australians; many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders identify 26 January as a day of invasion, survival and murder. With respect to First Nations people, this year, the UOW has offered all fixed-term and permanent employees the flexibility to work on 26 January and instead choose a substitute day (either Friday, 27 January or Monday, 30 January).
“Some are doing this given the current ’employee market’ for jobs in certain sectors,” he told SBS News. Mr Carabetta believes that for many smaller employers, they are thinking, ‘Well, I cannot up your wages, so I will offer you other benefits’.
Determining if your employer or industry can make these changes to their public holiday policies depends on the award you fall under or if you have an enterprise agreement or similar.
If you do not fall under an Award or have no alternate agreement in place, the National Employment Standards (NES) provides employees can choose to substitute a PH if their employer agrees, and vice versa.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or need help understanding your options when it comes to Public Holidays. Call us on 1800 868 254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and our HR experts will get back to you.
You can learn more about your public holiday entitlements on the Fair Work website.
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