This was highlighted by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate following queries on public holiday pay for Fiji Day and Diwali.
Usamate says the worker must be at work a day before and after the public holiday and if they are unable to do so then they must provide a valid reason or a medical certificate.
The Minister highlighted that Section 67 of the Employment Relations Act 2007 states that a worker must be paid in respect of each public holiday for the number of hours which the worker would normally have worked on that day had it not been a public holiday.
Double pay is calculated by Option 1: multiplying the single rate by 2 ; OR Option 2: adding another single pay to the initial single pay.
The Minister appealed to all employers who operated during these public holidays to remunerate their workers accordingly.
The compliance team of the Ministry is conducting its investigation and inspections to ensure that workers are paid their rightful dues on time for their hard work.
Any employer that fails to remunerate their workers accordingly will be guilty of an offence and will be on conviction liable to a fine for an individual not exceeding $10,000 or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 2 years or both and for a company or corporation a fine not exceeding $50,000.