5 December Sorry, we're closed: Annual office shutdown December 5, 2018 By Reef Admin General 0 Are you thinking about closing your agency over the Christmas/New Year period? If you are, it's time to start planning. Here are some tips to help you manage employee leave during this time. The Real Estate Industry Award and the Clerks – Private Sector Award contain provisions allowing employers to send employees on annual leave because of an annual office close down. Where an employee is covered by the Clerks – Private Sector Award, you must provide four (4) weeks’ notice to them that they’ll be required to take any accrued leave over the period of the close down. While the Real Estate Industry Award does not prescribe such a timeframe, REEF recommends that the same amount of notice be given to employees covered by this award. This means you’ll need to issue the close down notice to all employees by no later than Monday, 26 November 2018. Failure to do so may affect your right to treat the period of the close down as annual leave (particularly in the case of clerical employees). Template notice memo To help you manage communications regarding an annual office close down, we’ve created a template memo. You can download a copy by logging into the REEF People Management System. Click on the ‘Record keeping’ item in the ‘REEF Library’ tab. Christmas school holidays To help your agency plan for the Christmas/New Year period, following are the government school holidays dates for 2018-2019. Dates may differ for private schools. Australian Capital Territory – Saturday, 22 December 2018 to Monday, 4 February 2019 New South Wales – Saturday, 22 December 2018 to Tuesday, 29 January 2019 Queensland – Saturday, 15 December 2018 to Monday, 28 January 2019 South Australia – Saturday, 15 December 2018 to Monday, 28 January 2019 Tasmania – Friday, 21 December 2018 to Tuesday, 5 February 2019 Victoria – Saturday, 22 December 2018 to Tuesday, 29 January 2019 Related Changes to annual leave provisions now in play In an important decision by the Fair Work Commission, annual leave provisions in modern awards have been varied to provide greater administrative flexibility. The changes apply from the first pay period on or after 29 July 2016. REEF President gives annual report at AGM At the recent AGM, REEF President Fred Andriessen presented his first annual report to members and shared some of REEF's big wins during 2016. REEF President gives 2017 annual report at AGM At the recent AGM, REEF President Fred Andriessen presented his annual report and provided a snapshot of just some of the activities REEF has been involved in over the course of 2017. Notice of REEF Annual General Meeting Notice is hereby given to financial members of the Real Estate Employers' Federation that the 52nd Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, 4 April 2019. Notice of 50th Annual General Meeting Notice is hereby given to financial members of REEF that the 50th Annual General Meeting of the organisation will be held on 27 April 2017. How cashing out annual leave can impact super contributions Do you need to include the cashed out portion of annual leave in an employee's ordinary time earnings for the purpose of calculating superannuation guarantee contributions? Comments are closed.