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December 2011 Employers Newsletter

Published 01 Dec 2011
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Our Albany office will be closed from 24th December 2011 and re-opens on 9th January 2012

We will have a duty consultant over the Christmas/New Year break so feel free to phone us on 0800 15 8000 about any employment law query over that period.

We wish all our clients a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Thank you for your association during 2011

This Issue

Closedown Rules For Employers

This is the time of year when some businesses decide to shut down operations in order to carry out annual maintenance, or they might not require staffing in some departments. A formal "Closedown" can be implemented. This is different from closing down only for Public Holidays. It is imperative that the correct guidelines are followed. For more information on how to implement a closedown period, please...full story

Calculating Paid Public Holidays

Relevant daily pay is used to calculate payment for public holidays and alternative holidays. Relevant daily pay reflects what the employee would have been paid if they had worked on the day in question. The definition has changed this year...full story

Shopping Restrictions On Christmas Day

While shops may trade on most public holidays, there are special restrictions on certain public holidays including Christmas Day...full story

Christmas and New Year 2011/12

For information on the public holidays over the festive season and their observance, ...full story

New Major Upgrade to Annual Holidays and Leave product

The "Annual Holidays and Leave" eBook has been fully revised and incorporates the latest changes to Employment Law. It is now available for purchasing (for $112 plus GST) and downloading from It is free for Employer Support Package subscribers who can download it from

New Product "Health and Safety Online" Coming Soon

EAL are experienced in Occupational Safety and Health, having provided this service for business for many years. We also developed the "OSH Toolkit" software which has been available for Employers who wish to perform their own Health and Safety work. "Health and Safety Online" is currently being tested and is due for release early in 2012. It is web based and will be available on an annual subscription basis. For more information, please email