Advise your employees by 24th November of any Christmas shutdown period

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The Christmas and New Years holiday period is fast approaching. If you’re an employer, you need to be aware of your legal requirement to give employees notice of a shut down. 
Under Modern Awards, employers must give affected employees a minimum of 28 days’ written notice of a shut down. The deadline to do this is 24 November 2023. 
The changed regulations allow employers to mandate an employee’s use of paid annual leave during a temporary shutdown, provided it is reasonable. 
Employers must not direct employees to take unpaid leave during a shutdown however may offer it as an option. 
Should an employee have insufficient annual leave to cover the shutdown period, discuss alternatives such as using accrued time off in lieu, long service leave, or taking paid annual leave in advance. 
Any arrangements must be confirmed in writing with the employer retaining records of any agreement.