Joint tim­ber in­dus­try con­fer­ence and din­ner

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATION - Brian Beecroft Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer TTIA

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:

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

Modern awards

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.

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