Being asked to work on public holidays

Under sec 114 of the Fair Work Act, an employer is entitled to ask an employee to work on a public holiday but the employee may refuse the request if the request is not reasonable or the refusal is reasonable. In determining the reasonableness of the above, a number of factors must be taken into account including the employee’s personal circumstances including family responsibilities. For a complete list of the relevant issues, go to sub-sec 114(4) of the Act.