Don’t get caught with new rules around Shop Trading Hours this Easter

There’s been changes in the law around Easter Trading for store owners. While this may not affect you directly, please share this information with those you know – employer or employee – who may be impacted.

Amendments to the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990, took effect last year and mean:

  • A shop must give at least four weeks’ and no more than eight weeks’ notice if an employee is expected to work on Easter Sunday
  • As Easter Sunday will fall on 1 April this year, notice must be given between 4 February and 4 March 2018
  • This notice must be given in writing each year, so a general clause in the employment agreement will not comply
  • An employee must be advised of their right to decline to work on Easter Sunday
  • The employee must let their employer know, in writing, within 14 days of receipt of the notice if they do not wish to work on Easter Sunday
  • The employee does not need to give a reason for declining to work and cannot be treated adversely for exercising this right
  • An employee can bring a personal grievance if these requirements are not met.

The above requirements apply to all ‘shop’ employees. This includes where the employer does not intend to open your shop but would like employees to undertake non-trading work like a stock-take or restocking shelves.

Where an employee declines to work on Easter Sunday, there is no entitlement to payment for that day, or to ‘time and a half’ and an alternative holiday.

If you would like assistance with drafting a compliant notice, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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