Public Holidays – Employment Relations (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2015


1. The above Act was passed into law when the President formally assented to the Act on 4 September 2015.

What the amended Act does

2. The Act provides a list of declared public holidays to replace the existing list at s. 64 Employment Relations Promulgation 2007. A copy of it is attached. Of note is the provision for a National Sports Day (which was first observed on 26 June 2015) and for Constitution Day, which will be observed on 7 September beginning in 2016. The Act removes the Queen’s Birthday as a public holiday

3. The Act also inserts a new subsection 64(2) into the Employment Relations Promulgation 2007 to allow the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, to amend the list by notice in the Gazette with the concurrence of the Prime Minister.


4. Contact either Jon Apted or Nicholas Barnes to discuss further.


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