The Christmas Closure Checklist

Does your workplace shut down over the Christmas Holidays? As we approach the festive season, it’s time to plan ahead for a smooth transition into the New Year.

Use this checklist to help make sure you’ve got your bases covered:

Skeleton Staffing

Many workplaces will shut down around Christmas and New Year’s but some require continuous staffing, such as medical and aged care facilities. To prepare:

  • Finalise staff rosters including any extra arrangements needed for contract workers.

  • Clarify accountabilities including who will have building access.

  • Provide updated emergency contact information.

  • Plan ahead for any financial transactions or admin procedures that may be needed during the shutdown period.

Review Your Employment Obligations

  • Employers must have a COVIDsafe plan in place.

  • Employers are required to pay employees their usual wages during Christmas/New Year’s shutdown unless their award or agreement says otherwise.

  • For employees who have accumulated leave, check your award or agreement to see if you are allowed to request them to take their leave during the shutdown period.

Read Managing employee annual leave balances >

  • Your award or enterprise agreement will also outline what employees should be paid when working on a public holiday.

  • Please note that Christmas Day (December 25th) has been gazetted as an official public holiday in Victoria.

Protect Your Assets

  • Make sure your IT systems are backed up and secure including functioning generators.

  • Turn off any equipment that won’t be needed.

  • For equipment that will be needed, ensure that it has been serviced and power supply is backed up.

  • Check all security and emergency procedures.

The down time after Christmas is a great opportunity to review your workplace practices. This is important to ensure that you are meeting your employment obligations, preventing risks and operating smoothly into the new year.

For more information, please contact us today.

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