Understanding Holiday Pay in the BVI Labour Code

In the BVI Labour Code, an employee is either scheduled or not scheduled to work.  If an employee is NOT scheduled to work on a holiday, that employee does not receive holiday pay because they do not sustain financial lost. 

Scenario A

John is an hourly employee and usually works Monday to Friday.  Next week Monday is a holiday.  John will be entitled to holiday pay for that day because he is usually scheduled to work on Monday

Scenario B

Johana is an hourly employee and is on vacation leave from the 1st of August to the 15th of August 2019.   The emancipation holidays are August 5th, 6th and 7th 2019.  Because Johanna is not scheduled to work (she is on vacation) she does not received holiday pay for those days. 

Scenario C

Sam is usually off on Mondays and Thursdays. If Monday is a holiday day, Sam does not get holiday pay because he does not experience financial lost because it’s a holiday. 

Calculating Holiday Pay:

The employee is paid ‘the basic rate’ of pay as their holiday pay and at least 1.5X their basic rate if they  are required to work on the holiday.  

Scenario D

Peter is an hourly worker and usually works 8 hours per day and makes $10 per hour.  Peter’s holiday pay will be $80

Scenario E

Julie is an hourly worker and has been asked to work four hours on a holiday. Like Peter, she also makes $10 per hour and usually works 8 hours per day.   Julie is paid her holiday day at the ‘basic rate’ which is $80, and her holiday work pay at $15 per hour which is $60.  Her total wage is $140. 

We hope this article helped you to understand Holiday Pay in the BVI Labour. ViHRMS automatically calculates holiday pay and holiday work pay.  Learn more at Vihrms.com



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