Remuneration will need to be carefully considered over the Easter weekend.

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While the upcoming long weekend may see your mind wandering to thoughts of chocolate and a weekend away from the workplace, there are still pressing business matters to be kept in check.

For employers looking to remain open over the Easter break, it is important to ensure staff are getting paid correctly. As the number of public holidays differs from state to state, care is needed when determining when you can be open, and how your employees are remunerated.

This information will also impact on those employers paying State payroll tax, as the regulations differ from normal work days.

An employee's entitlements when working on public holidays can change depending on the nature of their agreement. Benefits they could receive include bonus pay (penalty rates), a day off given in lieu, or the option to work a limited amount of hours on the day in question.

Fair Work Ombudsmen Natalie James says that businesses should ensure they are following regulations correctly in order to prevent added stress for themselves and their staff.

"It is important for employers to be fully aware of the minimum pay rates that apply to their employees, otherwise they can end up facing bills for back-payment of wages they weren't budgeting for," Ms James said.

The holiday period affects those that choose not to open as well. Companies that are normally open on a Friday, for example, will still need to pay wages for Good Friday even though they will be closed. Staff who would be working on this day in any other circumstances will need to be compensated at their usual rate.

Employees are not entitled to overtime payments, bonuses or any other loadings on this day.

Businesses should have no problems over the Easter holiday period if the guidelines set by the government are followed, ensuring a stress-free weekend for all.