New Shadow Small Business Minister Bruce Billson has called into question the Federal Government’s new employment regime and its impact on Boxing Day employment conditions.
Billson said there has been some confusion surrounding employer and employee responsibilities that apply to the traditional ‘Boxing Day’ on Saturday December 26 and the ‘Boxing Day’ Public Holiday for many on the following Monday, December 28.
“The contradictory advice about Boxing Day workplace responsibilities and entitlements is leaving many small business employers, particularly retailers, frankly bewildered,” he said. “Proprietors rightly need to know what is expected of them when deciding whether it is worthwhile to open the doors on December 26 and 28.”
According to Billson, small business employers are unsure whether they have access to a ‘reasonable right to refuse’ to work on Boxing Day and is calling for urgent clarification from the Government.