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Planning makes perfect for Boxing Day trading

Release Date: 20/11/2018
The Hunter Business Chamber has encouraged retail employers intending to open on Boxing Day to plan ahead to ensure a successful and trouble-free day of trading.
Boxing Day sales have become a rite of passage for keen bargain hunters and the extension of Boxing Day trading to all areas of the Hunter region in recent years has been a boon for many participating retailers, with some recording their biggest day of the year.
However, Hunter Business Chamber CEO Bob Hawes said it was important for employers and employees to be aware of their options and for business operators to ensure they have enough available staff to cover the day’s trading.
“Boxing Day trading has been beneficial overall for shoppers, retailers and employees who are happy to work and pick up a bit extra in their pay packets. Supporting local businesses and employees provides a tremendous boost to the local economy,” Mr Hawes said.
“Employees cannot be forced to work and retail tenants cannot be forced to open by landlords; the legislation is very clear about that and there are heavy fines for those who don’t comply.
“Employers intending to open should plan to cover staffing needs adequately, check they have enough available staff who are willing to work and, if necessary, make arrangements to bring in temporary staff to cover any shortfall.”
NSW Industrial Relations received no formal complaints of non-compliance, coercion or harassment following the first year of unrestricted Boxing Day trading across the state in 2017.
Mr Hawes encouraged retail employers and staff to take advantage of the information and resources available through the NSW Government’s Boxing Day Retail Trading Campaign. They include an advice line (131 628), web-based information sessions, FAQs and fact sheets available on the Boxing Day page of the NSW Industrial Relations website.
Employers can also attend a one-hour workshop at the Apollo International Hotel in Charlestown on Friday 23 November from 9.30am. To register, visit or call 13 16 28.

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