With Christmas looming large, if you’re planning to shut down over the holiday season, now is the time to confirm closing dates with your employees. Lots of Awards and Agreements allow employers to direct their staff to take annual leave – or unpaid leave when annual leave has been exhausted – during a close down period.

There are different requirements under each Award that details the minimum notice to provide staff. Below we’ve highlighted Awards that require a two- or three-month notification period.

Is your business covered by the below Awards?

  • Airline Operations-Ground Staff Award 2010
  • Meat Industry Award 2010
  • Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award 2010
  • Joinery and Building Trades Award 2010
  • Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 2010
  • Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010
  • If you own or operate a business with employees covered by these Awards and plan a seasonal shutdown, you must start preparing for the festive season now as time is running out.

It’s really important to comply with the correct notice periods set out in the Award or Agreement. Awards have different requirements regarding how the notice must be given, i.e. whether notice needs to be provided verbally or formally in writing.

We would always recommend that notice in writing via email or hard copy is best practice. Some accounting packages allow for a message to be added into payslips and this can be another way to communicate with your employees.

If you have any questions about notice periods, or surrounding your business shutdown please take advantage of our free initial consultation to discuss.