Employment expert Julia Palmer of Star People HR & Recruitment in Kāpiti says the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s decision to become one of the territorial authorities that allows trading on Easter Sunday needs some analysis by businesses.
Ms Palmer says if you have a business that is going to trade on Easter Sunday and you have staff, there are some important details you need to know.
“All shop employees have the right to refuse to work on Easter Sunday and they don’t have to give their employer a reason for refusing. This applies to all shop employees,” says Ms Palmer.
She says there are a number of must dos for Employers:
Ms Palmer says if an employer doesn’t follow the notice requirements and requires an employee to work on Easter Sunday, this is considered to be compelling them to work and the employee could bring a personal grievance.
She says shop employees who are given notice of their right to refuse to work on Easter Sunday and want to refuse to work, must give notice of this to their employer.
If an employee is going to refuse work on Easter Sunday they must:
“Employers can’t compel their shop employees to work on Easter Sunday or treat them adversely for refusing to work. A provision in an employment agreement which requires a shop employee to work on Easter Sunday is unenforceable.”
Ms Palmer says legally, there are no days in lieu or penal rates payable for working on Easter Sunday, although employers may want to consider an incentive to encourage their employees to work on that day.
If you want more information about Trading on Easter Sunday, please contact the local employment experts at www.starpeople.nz