Rudd asked to explain Boxing Day confusion

Rudd asked to explain Boxing Day confusion
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 Fair Work Australia, particularly in relation to 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.”
Small business employers want to do the right thing but have been unable to obtain the necessary clear and dependable advice they can rely upon.
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.

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.

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