Earlier this year we saw some changes to the annual shutdown provisions under many of the Modern Awards. Some of the Awards amended include:
The amendments do not change the employer’s ability to shut down operations over the Christmas and New Year Period or to direct employees to take paid annual leave, where there is an accrued entitlement. However, where the employer intends to provide such a direction to their employees, the notice must be in writing and must be reasonable.
It would be recommended to review the applicable Modern Award to ensure compliance prior to issuing notice of your annual shutdown to ensure compliance with your applicable Award.
Should you wish to discuss further please reach out to the Master Builders Workplace Relations and Legal team on (02) 6175 5900.