Joint timber industry conference and dinner
TTIA IS holding the inaugural joint Timber Industry Conference and Dinner with Timber NSW on 17 November 2016 in Sydney. This event is unique and will cover the whole national timber industry supply chain. TTIA is pleased to join with Timber NSW (formerly NSW Forest Products Association) in this opportunity for our respective members and guests to network and catch up with colleagues. It is anticipated this will be an annual event on the timber calendar.
Employers in the timber and timber products industry are encouraged to support this event. The conference and dinner will be held at the Sydney Park Pavilion Alan Davidson Oval and will commence at 12 noon for Lunch followed by the conference from 1 – 4.30 pm. A three course gourmet dinner will be preceded by pre-dinner drinks at 6.30 pm.
If any employer is interested in further details or wishes to be provided with an attendance form, please contact the TTIA office on (02) 9264 0011 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual close down
Christmas is fast approaching and employers are reminded that it is an employer’s right to send an employee on an annual close-down depending on the applicable modern award, enterprise agreement or, in the case of an award/agreement-free employee, the National Employment Standards.
Generally, an employer is required to give employees a period of notice of the annual closedown. A close-down for annual leave over the Christmas-New Year period will usually be affected by a number of statutory public holidays.
Public holidays – Christmas-New Year period 2016-17
The public holidays for the Christmas-New Year period 2016-17 are:
Christmas Day (All states and territories except Victoria) – Sunday 25 December 2016
Boxing Day (Proclamation Day in South Australia) – Monday 26 December 2016 Additional holiday – Tuesday 27 December 2016 New Year’s Day – Sunday 1 January 2017 New Year’s Day – Monday 2 January 2017
As part of the four-yearly review of modern awards, the majority of modern awards were varied to provide that an employer may require an employee to take annual leave as part of a close-down of its operations.
In addition, awards permit an employer and employee to agree in writing to take annual leave in advance, such as where an employee has insufficient accrual of annual leave to cover the period of an annual close down.
Awards now provide that if, on termination of employment, the employee has not accrued an entitlement to cover the period of annual leave taken in advance, the employer may deduct from any money due on termination the deficit between accrued annual leave and annual leave taken in advance. The terms of the applicable modern award should be noted to determine whether annual close down is permitted.
Notice of annual close down
Most modern awards, including the Timber Industry Award 2010, require an employer to give four weeks’ notice of the intention to close down for annual leave. This provision is more favourable than a previous provision in the Timber Industry Award that provided for three months’ notice. Some awards may require a longer period of notice. Reference should be made to the applicable modern award or to the TTIA Enquiry Line (02) 9264 0011 to determine the relevant period of notice required to be given to employees when a business is closing down for annual leave.
If employees are entitled to other paid leave during the close-down, such as personal/sick leave, this overrides the annual leave. In these circumstances Members are advised to contact the TTIA as employees will require specific evidence and proof of their absence before any form of other paid leave overrides the annual leave period.