Small businesses are encouraged to plan for the upcoming Australia Day public holiday by checking Enterprise Agreements and penalty rates.
This year, Australia Day falls on a Saturday, which means the recognized public holiday is Monday, January 28.
Employsure’s senior employment relations adviser, Jonathan Wilson said Saturday was not considered a public holiday and therefore employers were not required to pay public holiday rates for staff working on Saturday.
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Public Holiday penalty rates – get them right from the get go.
Some of the biggest issues small businesses face on public holidays are balancing the competing priorities including increased cashflow, additional staff and changed customer behaviour. Combined with new penalty rates, if you’re an employer in hospitality, restaurant, fast food, retail and pharmacy industries it’s important you are familiar with Enterprise Agreements or employee Awards. For more information on penalty rates during the public holiday, click on the following links:
- Public Holiday entitlements – what you need to know.
- 5 mistakes employers make during public holidays.
- As our Specialist: understanding and avoiding underpayments.
- Blog post: Prepare your business for Australia Day
- Prepared for Australia Day? What about the sickies the next day?
- Penalty rates update – public holidays
- Hiring Casuals or Fixed Term employees during holiday seasons.
- Keep an eye out on our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages for more tips and tricks on preparing for public holidays.