Do you require your staff to work on Easter Sunday this year?
If your business is a shop and you plan to be open on Easter Sunday, you need to be aware of the amendments to the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990, that were introduced in 2017. If you require staff to work on Easter Sunday, you are required to notify employees in writing (or via email). This must be at least four weeks in advance of Easter Sunday, but no more than eight weeks.
On receiving the notice, employees have up to 14 days to notify you if they refuse to work that day. The employee has the right to choose not to work. They do not need to provide a reason for their choice.
If an employee is treated unfairly for choosing not to work on Easter Sunday, they have the right to bring a personal grievance.
Easter Sunday is not a public holiday, therefore employees are paid their usual rate. There is no entitlement to time and a half and a day in lieu.
For more information about this or to discuss your individual situation with one of our HR Partners, we invite you to contact us.