April/May is a hard month to manage as a business owner, we have week after week of four days, limiting capacity. Throw in school holidays, parenting commitments and the lingering Covid challenges and we have a challenging month to negotiate!
We have seen a spike in recruitment requests from clients in March and early April. It is good to know that the ‘Easter period’ is traditionally a great attraction period, often passive job seekers scroll LinkedIn and Job Boards while taking an Easter and/or school holiday break. Like the Xmas period, we find this a fruitful time of year to attract talent.
If you are lucky enough to secure some new talent, consider when the best time is to get them to commence and avoid the short weeks and public holiday costs? Do you have the right people available to onboard, induct and train the new starters and get them to hit the ground running?
Sometimes it makes commercial sense to wait until after Labour Day at the start of May!
Easter is fast approaching and so is the public holiday season! It is a good time to refresh on Public Holiday entitlements and what this means for businesses. April/May 2022 sees several Public Holidays coincide, resulting in several short work weeks for the majority of businesses due to:
It’s important to note that any permanent employee who has regular ordinary hours of work on these days is entitled to be absent and paid their ordinary rate of pay for such hours, unless reasonably requested to work. With this, it’s often that employers see an uptick in paid Sick Leave utilised and rightfully so may have some concerns about employees taking advantage of this entitlement.
To assist, wattsnext would like to remind all employers that you can request evidence when an employee takes Sick Leave and should consider:
Importantly these requests/actions can be made in addition to what requirements are outlined in a Leave Policy / Contract of Employment. If you or anyone is having difficulty with attendance and/or entitlement enquiries following Public Holidays, please feel free to reach out to the team at wattsnext for some advice on managing the situation in a fair and compliant manner.