Assign a holiday group to employees

Select a holiday group for your employees from the list of groups in Xero.

How it works

  • Xero lists holiday groups for different regions in New Zealand. Each group contains national holidays (eg Waitangi Day) and regional holidays (eg Wellington Anniversary Day).
  • Select the correct regional group for your employee. You can also edit an existing group or create a new group to fit your organisation. When a holiday appears in the calendar, Xero will account for it in payroll.
  • Xero manages leave requests in conjunction with the holiday group. For example, an employee may request leave for nine days over the festive season (25 Dec to 2 Jan). As four of those days are public holidays, Xero will only deduct six days from the employee's annual leave.
  • Employees won't see their holiday pay balance in the PDF version of their payslip if you:

View holiday groups in Xero

  1. In the Settings menu, select Payroll Settings.
  2. Click the Holidays tab.
  3. Click a region (eg Auckland) to view the holidays listed within the group.

Assign a holiday group to an employee

  1. In the Payroll menu, select Employees.
  2. Click the employee's name to open their details.
  3. Click the Employment tab.
  4. Under Employment Details, select a holiday group.
  5. Click Save.

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