Additional public holiday on 15 December – Implications for the hospitality industry

President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially declared Friday, 15 December 2023, as an additional public holiday, just before the annual public holiday on 16 December 2023. This announcement carries implications, especially for those in the hospitality industry.

Key points for hospitality businesses to consider:

Double pay for both days:

– On Friday, 15 December, and Saturday, 16 December, employees in the hospitality sector are entitled to double pay.

Operational adjustments:

– Some businesses within the hospitality industry might have concerns regarding double pay days.

– It’s not uncommon for establishments to make strategic decisions, such as remaining closed on these days or modifying their operating hours, to limit staff hours worked.

– We recommend considering these options and assessing what works best for your specific situation.

Planning and preparation:

– As a business owner in the hospitality industry, it’s crucial to plan and prepare for these double pay days.

– Evaluate your staffing needs, customer expectations, and revenue projections to make informed decisions.

– Communicate any changes in operating hours or closures to your staff well in advance to ensure a smooth transition.

Compliance with labour regulations:

– Ensure you comply with labour regulations and employment contracts when implementing double pay for these public holidays.

– Familiarise yourself with the legal requirements and, if necessary, seek legal advice to avoid any potential issues.

Inventory and supplies:

– Anticipate higher demand for food, beverages, and other hospitality supplies during this extended holiday period.

– Ensure your inventory is well-stocked and suppliers are prepared to meet your requirements.

Employee schedules:

– Coordinate employee schedules to accommodate the additional public holiday.

– Provide opportunities for staff to request leave or time off if needed and ensure fair distribution of shifts.

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