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General election employment law wish list - call for overhaul of the Holidays Act 2003

August 31, 2017


Partners Phillipa Muir, John Rooney, Samantha Turner, Shan Wilson
Senior Associates Carl Blake, Bronwyn Heenan

Employment (inc Employment Relations Amendment Bill) Government reform and public policy Holidays Act

The Holidays Act 2003 is an important piece of legislation for all employers and employees. However, it is anachronistic, overly complex and extremely difficult to apply. It was originally drafted in 1981 at a time when most employees worked from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday - but this is no longer the case.

The 2003 Act is based largely on the 1981 legislation and it perpetuates the problems that employers have been grappling with, when trying to work out holiday entitlements for employees. An overhaul of the Act is well overdue!

In the lead up to this year's election, we conducted a survey of our employer clients, asking them to select up to three issues they see as the most important for their businesses. The results confirm that Holidays Act reform is THE 'business critical' issue for employers.

To read our findings please read the survey report here.