If a stand-in is undertaken on a Public Holiday, the person actually working the Public Holiday will be entitled to the Alternative Holiday.
b) Public Holidays during Annual Leave
After discussions with the Fire Service, it has been agreed that:
Employees, where Annual Leave includes a Public Holiday(s), may elect to either:
i) Extend the leave period by the number of Public Holidays that fall within the 14 day leave period, or
ii) Have the number of Public Holidays added to the Alternative Leave balance.
c) Dates of earning Alternative Holidays
The Holidays Act requires Leave Records to indicate the date on which an employee became entitled to any Alternative Holiday. This is principally to determine when an Alternative Holiday has been earned over 12 months ago because the rules for taking the holiday change and, as well, the ability to sell the day arises.
Consequently, members need to specify which Alternative Holiday (i.e. Public Holiday that gave rise to the Alternative Holiday) when applying to take an Alternative Holiday.
The Fire Service has agreed to modify Leave Records accordingly.
Senior Station Officer Exam
The Fire Service has agreed to the Union’s request that the final lot of exams under the old system, planned for February 2008, will also include the S.S.O. Exam.