Employers to face new rules on Easter trading

Posted by: Sara Fenwick
Date: 10 March 2017

As of Easter 2017 new laws come into effect for businesses and is dependant on individual council’s policies.  This means you may or may not trade goods on that given day.  This is due to demand from the New Zealand public and in turn the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 has changed .

As a business owner you will need to check with your local authorities on their policies for those of you who normally trade on that day. 

But wait there is more…. you will need to notify your employees should you intend to open for business on Easter Sunday. 

This means you must give them between eight to four weeks notice as they have the right to refuse to work on Easter Sunday.  Employees are not required to provide their employer a reason for an objection to work, but there are laws around obligations for employees too…. 

Employees who choose not to work on Easter Sunday must give their employer written notice by way of letter or email within 14 days of receiving the right to refuse.

Do you have more questions or what to know more, give us a call 03 578 3386 or email us askme@tva.co.nz – we can help.

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