The festive season is upon us and many employers are planning their End of Year office party for employees.
In recent years, employees have successfully brought claims against employers in relation to Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) breaches, negligence, sexual harassment and workers compensation arising out of work functions.
In order to avoid possible claims against them, it is important for employers to be aware of their legal responsibilities and the potential risks of holding office functions.
Further, we remind employers that the following days are public holidays:
Because both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are falling on a weekend, the following days will be ‘public holidays’
An employee, who would have ordinary hours of work on these days, is entitled to be absent from work but is entitled to payment in accordance with State and Federal legislation.
Employees who are required to work on a public holiday shall be paid in accordance with the applicable Award or Enterprise Agreement.
NECA Legal can assist employers with calculating Award / legislative obligations as well as review and/or develop policies to ensure your employees enjoy the festivities without putting the employer at risk.
Disclaimer: The above guide is not legal advice. For more information or if you would like NECA Legal’s assistance with policy development, contact NECA Legal on (08) 6241 6129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org