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April 2019 Employers Newsletter

Published 15 Apr 2019
This Issue

Suspending Staff

Most of us believe we know the rules around suspension. If an employee is alleged to have performed an act of 'Serious Misconduct' the employer can immediately suspend them with impunity. Actually no, not always....full story

Domestic Violence, role of the Employer

Now with a framework of employer paid support in workplaces it's likely that most businesses will experience the issue first hand at some point. Businesses need to be ready, managers need to know what to do....full story

Heinz Watties fined $300,000 for burning employee

Heinz Watties worker receives serious burns from boiling brine, and not the first time for Heinz Watties...full story

Public Holidays and Easter 2019

This year we have Easter Sunday being observed on April 21st. This puts the public holidays of Good Friday and Easter Monday on Friday 19th and Monday 22nd April respectively. The same week also hosting ANZAC Day on Thursday April 25th. Easter Sunday is not a public holiday.

Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day until 1pm are also restricted trading days.

August 2016 saw the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 amended. This empowered local councils to have their own policies around restricted trading days and locations. Certain industries always had exemption anyway,but now you should get in touch with your local body to get the local rules.

Worth noting that the amendment in 2016 also gives the right to employees to refuse to work on Easter Sunday.