Napier residents were asked to have their say on whether retailers can choose to open for business on Easter Sundays.
Submissions have now closed. Council are to hold a hearing and make a decision on submissions at a Council meeting of 22 February, 2017.
A copy of the submissions and the Officers report can be downloaded here:
The changes to the Shop Trading Hours Act give local communities the choice of whether or not to allow trading on Easter Sunday. Council recognises the importance of tourism related trade to the Napier economy and so is proposing to adopt a policy that allows shops across the Napier district to trade on Easter Sunday, although ultimately it is up to individual retailers whether they choose to exercise the right to open (i.e. there is no compulsion to do so).
Easter Sunday is a day of significance across New Zealand and some people will choose not to work on this day. The changes to the legislation include a workers choice provision which allows employees and employers to negotiate freely, and the ability for employees to refuse work on Easter Sunday without any repercussions to the employment relationship.
The full draft policy and statement of proposal can be viewed below:
6 March 2017
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