Business planning to shutdown across the festive season need to confirm close dates and notify staff in accordance with Award requirements now.
Senior Employment Relations Adviser from Employsure, Roseanne Huskie, said, “The most important step is to check the conditions relating to your right to send employees on an annual close down. This will depend on the Modern Award or Enterprise Agreements that apply for your business and will outline the minimum required notice period to notify your employees.”
Employees covered by an Award
Most Awards will contain terms which allow employers to send employees on an annual close down. This is usually subject to an employer giving affected employees at least four weeks’ notice, although an Award may require a greater period of notice. For example, the Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010, and Meat Industry Award 2010 requires an employer to give at least three months’ notice of a close down.
Award or Agreement free employees
The Fair Work Act allows employers who may require an Award or Agreement free employee to take a period of paid annual leave, but only if the request is reasonable. “A ‘reasonable request’ would be if your business is due to shutdown for a period during Christmas and the New Year,” Ms Huskie said.
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