Recent studies show 34% employees will be taking leave because the business they work for is shutting down over the Christmas/New Year period.
1. CAN MY EMPLOYER ASK ME TO WORK ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS DURING THIS TIME?
The answer is yes however it cannot be mandatory.
Read more here:: Working on Public Holidays
2. ARE THERE DIFFERENT PAY REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC HOLIDAYS?
The general rule of thumb is yes. Be aware of the award or agreement you are employed under.
Find your Award Here: List of Awards & Agreements
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.
Read more here: Employee Annual Leave Guidelines
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.
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