Annual Close Down

Annual Close Down

19 October 2016

Annual Close Down

As Christmas draws closer, it is important for businesses to consider whether they will have an annual close down over the festive period.  If your business does decide to close down you should familiarise yourself with your relevant modern award or enterprise agreement as it may include terms requiring an employee to take paid annual leave as part of a close down of its operations.  Some modern awards also require an employer to give employees at least two months’ notice that it intends to close down its operations over the Christmas and New Year period. 

If an employee does not have enough annual leave to cover the close down period they may agree with their employer to take unpaid leave or annual leave in advance. 

Payment for public holidays occurring during the close down period will also need to be made to appropriate employees.

If members have any queries about annual close down provisions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Workplace Relations team on 1300 277 881 or wradvice@canberrabusiness.com