Are you working over the holidays?
Is your employer closing for the Christmas break?
KNOW YOUR LEGAL OBLIGATIONS
Recent studies show 34% employees will be taking leave because the business they work for is shutting down during over the Christmas/New Year period.
Here are the top four most frequently asked questions by employees at this time of year:
4 TIPS FOR EMPLOYEES WORKING DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON
1. CAN MY EMPLOYER ASK ME TO WORK ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS DURING THIS TIME?
The answer is yes however it cannot be mandatory. Use this link.
2. ARE THERE DIFFERENT PAY REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC HOLIDAYS?
General rule of thumb is yes. Be aware of the award or agreement you are employed under.
3. CAN AN EMPLOYER MAKE ME USE MY ANNUAL LEAVE DURING SHUT DOWN?
Yes, provided guidelines are taken into account. This topic should be in your Letter of Employment and your employer should let you know in advance.
4. WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH ACCRUED LEAVE?
If the award or agreement provides for it, you can be directed to take annual leave in advance of accrual, or unpaid leave, for some or all of the time. Read more here:Christmas employee benefits Legal