If you’re a shop owner, new rules mean your council may let you open on Easter Sunday. However, you can’t make your employees work that day.
When: From Easter 2017 depending on each individual council. When it gets close to Easter 2017, check with your local council.
Why: This law change addresses growing demand from the public and retailers to open for business on Easter Sunday. Currently, the law restricts most — but not all — businesses from opening on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and until 1pm on Christmas Day and Anzac Day.
What: Changes to the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 mean local authorities can let shops in their districts open on Easter Sunday.
For employers who plan to open on Easter Sunday, this means you must tell staff of their right to refuse to work, eg by group email. This must be done:
Details of the law change (external link) — Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Find your local council (external link) — Local Government New Zealand
For employees, the law change means they can:
An employee who doesn’t intend to work Easter Sunday must tell you in writing within 14 days of receiving the right to refuse. This can be by letter or email.
Restricted shop trading days (external link) — Employment New Zealand
Public holidays clause (external link) — Employment Agreement Builder