Date: 2nd December 2015
For businesses in the Otago and Canterbury region, Christmas and holiday season usually means one of two things:
In either one of these scenarios there is business implications regarding staff that need to be considered. Public holidays, annual closedowns, different pay rates are just some of the considerations in the run-up to Christmas. Let’s take a look.
If you have an annual closedown, eg the office or workshop is closed over Christmas and no one works, your employees have to take time off even if they don’t have any annual leave. You have to give 14 days’ notice of the closedown.
If the closedown period includes any public holidays, you need to pay your staff for them if they fall on days they’d usually work.
If you have an employee who has been in the job for less than 12 months, they still have to take time off during an annual shutdown. Here’s what you can offer new employee rather than them having to take leave without pay:
Read more about leave during annual closedowns.
Employees are entitled to a paid day off on a public holiday if it would otherwise be a working day. This Christmas season two public holidays – Boxing Day and January 2 – fall on a Saturday, so this has implications for employees.
Public holidays over Christmas 2015/New Year 2016:
For staff who don’t work weekends, the first workday after these dates will be treated as their public holidays – so they won’t have to work on Monday 28 December 2015 and Monday 4 January 2016. If your employees usually work weekends, then there are two options:
Unexpected events, such as a staff member calling in sick, can potentially derail your business day. So having casual staff available during the busy holiday season is very useful. Like all employees, a casual employees needs an employment agreement and the agreement should make it clear:
Don’t get casual workers confused with part-time workers – if the work is in a regular pattern, they’re not casuals and should have a permanent part-time agreement.
More about employing casual workers.