Posted on: Oct 03, 2016
If you’re a shop owner, new rules from Easter 2017 mean your council may let you open on Easter Sunday. However, you can’t make your employees work that day.
- between eight and four weeks before Easter Sunday, or
- as soon as possible if new staff join your business less than four weeks before Easter Sunday.
For employees, the law change means they can:
- refuse to work on Easter Sunday without giving a reason and without repercussions
- raise a personal grievance against if they believe they’ve been:
- made to work Easter Sunday, or
- treated badly for refusing to work Easter Sunday
An employee who doesn’t intend to work Easter Sunday must tell their employer in writing within 14 days of receiving the right to refuse. This can be by letter or email.
For more information please see the business.govt.nz website or click here
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