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Christmas Shutdown - notify your employees

September 23, 2019

If you employ workers under the Building and Construction General Onsite Award or the Joinery and Building Trades Award, it is a requirement that if you will be shutting down the business over the Christmas /New Year period and employees are directed to take annual leave during this time that you provide notice to your employees at least two months prior. 

Where an employee does not have the requisite amount of leave accrued, this can be leave without pay. 

A reminder that under these awards, employees must be paid for annual leave in advance unless they are paid using electronic funds transfer (EFT) in which case they can be paid in accordance with their usual pay cycle whilst they are on annual leave. Awards also provide a leave loading in addition to the wages an employee would have received in respect of the ordinary hours the employee would have worked but for the leave. 

For more information about leave entitlements and process, please contact your Workplace Adviser on 1300 650 620.