Date: 12th October 2016
Easter trading has always been a contentious issue in Wanaka. In one of the busiest weekends of the year (notably every second year when Warbirds Over Wanaka runs) most retailers have been required to close up shop on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. But that is set to change for Easter 2017.
Currently, the law restricts most businesses from opening on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and until 1pm on Christmas Day and Anzac Day.
With an amendment to the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990, from Easter 2017 the Queenstown Lakes District Council will be allowed to decide whether shops in the region may open their doors on Easter Sunday. This is in response to growing demand from both retailers and the public.
However, employers cannot make employees work that day.
For employers who plan to open on Easter Sunday you must tell staff of their right to refuse to work. This must be done:
For employees, the law change means they can:
An employee who doesn’t intend to work Easter Sunday must tell you in writing within 14 days of receiving the right to refuse. This can be by letter or email.