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Restricted trading on Public Holidays

Restricted trading on Public Holidays: are you allowed to open?

What are restricted trading days? Under the Retail Trading Act 2008, some days are considered ‘restricted’.  Larger businesses cannot open on these days unless they have obtained an exemption from NSW Fair Trading and are allowed to operate. The following days are restricted days: Good Friday Easter Sunday ANZAC Day (until 1pm) Christmas Day Boxing Day.…

Pay rates for public holidays

Pay rates for public holidays

As you’re probably aware the Easter long weekend starts this Friday. And due to the seemingly random way the Easter calendar works, this year it falls near Anzac Day. So what should you pay your staff if they work on public holidays? Which days are public holidays? Public holidays differ from state to state. In…

calculating surcharges

Surcharges on menus and credit cards

It is quite common to see that a surcharge will be charged for Sundays and public holidays on menus in cafes and restaurants. But as a business are you legally allowed to apply a surcharge and if so, how much?   Yes, restaurants and cafes are allowed to charge a surcharge on Sundays and public…

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Ray White Cessnock

Ray White Cessnock is a family owned business. Kevin Phillips first opened the doors in January 2012, and from there the business has gone from strength to strength.   They started out with only three staff, but over the years they have steadily expanded and they now employ 11 staff members.   At Ray White they understand your…

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