14 March Public holidays over the Easter long weekend March 14, 2019 By Reef Admin General 0 With Easter just around the corner, questions about the public holiday status over the long weekend inevitably arise. In New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory, there are four public holidays over the Easter period in 2019: Good Friday – 19 April Easter Saturday – 20 April Easter Sunday – 21 April Easter Monday – 22 April So, if your agency is located in one of these jurisdictions and trades on public holidays, employees who are normally required to work on these days will be entitled to public holiday rates of pay. This may be relevant if your agency intends to trade on Easter Saturday. However, if your office is closed over Easter, then normal rates of pay apply. If you agency is located in a different jurisdiction, give the REEF Helpline a call on 1300 616 170. We'll be able to advise of the arrangements relevant to you. Related Common questions about Australia Day public holiday With the Australia Day public holiday coming up later this week, some employers have questions. Here's a brief explanation of some of the more common issues. Stronger protection from REEF and Realcover REEF has formed a strategic alliance with Realcover, which is the only real estate industry-owned professional indemnity insurer in Australia. Realcover's policy carries additional coverage in the form of Employment Practices Liability (EPL) protection. Can an employee cash out their long service leave? It's a common question. REEF often receives calls asking about an employee's ability to cash out an amount of accrued long service leave. But can they? Senior Workplace Relations Advisor Laura Clark explains. Changes to Victorian long service leave Victorian real estate employers should be aware of the new Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic). The Act was passed in May and (unless proclaimed to start earlier) will commence operation on 1 November 2018. A pressing necessity: Payment of pro rata long service leave In some States and Territories, long service leave legislation provides for a pro rata long service leave payment in certain circumstances upon termination of the employee’s employment. 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. Comments are closed.