The Christmas and New Year break is now behind us and hot crossed buns are in the bakeries and the chocolate eggs are on the shelves, which means Easter is just around the corner. Now is the time for businesses to start planning for the coming Easter trading period, to re-examine the public holiday requirements and start locking in the rosters for the public holiday period.
Public Holidays Review
Public holidays, and
when and what to pay staff, is an area that causes a lot of angst with
businesses. Operators are keen to ensure that they are “getting it
right”, but it can be complicated. It is important to understand what the
requirements are under the law and the employment instrument (usually the
Award). Primarily it is important to remember that; when a public holiday
falls on a day that a permanent employee is regularly rostered to work, that
employee has the option to stay home without loss of pay, or to work (if asked)
and receive not only their normal pay but an additional amount for working the
When a full-time or
part-time employee works a public holiday they have to be paid for the public
holiday PLUS paid a premium or penalty for working on what should have been a
day off for them (or time in lieu where agreed).
When calculating and
communicating pay rates to staff there can be some confusion.
is important to review the Modern Award, or employment instrument that the
employee is engaged under to determine the rates and minimum hours to be
members are reminded that ACAPMA can provide advice and support on the
operation of public holidays in the industry, as well as resources on the
calculation and application of public holiday rates.
Getting Rosters Right
If the business is
planning to trade through the Easter break now is the time to start planning
rosters to ensure not only coverage but a clear understanding of the payroll
costs that will be attracted by these trading hours. Businesses may seek
feedback from staff on who is considering taking the break off and who would be
willing to work, ensuring that adequate coverage is arranged in advance.
Through the year
ACAPMA Employment Professionals are available to assist members on 1300 160 270
or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Through the
Easter period and indeed all year round, ACAPMA members can access resources
and can call on the advice and support of the ACAPMA Employment Professionals
on 1300 160 270.
HR Highlights are things to consider, implement and watch out for in your business. They are provided as general advice and you should seek further advice on your situation by calling 1300 160 270 and speaking to one of ACAPMA Employment Professionals its free for members. ACAPMA membership is affordable at only $880 per year for a single site and valuable with sites gaining HR advice support and representation as well as a raft of other benefits and discounts.