Dick Smith employees stuck in employment limbo

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Dick Smith employees stuck in employment limbo

Dick Smith employees have vented their frustration from being left in the dark on when stores will close, unable to move on to new careers.

Posts and photos on Reddit indicated that employees at a Melbourne store last week placed signs around the premises telling customers they didn’t know when Dick Smith stores would close. Some signs even asked customers to recommend new jobs that Dick Smith employees could go to after the closure.


CRN has seen another sign at the inner west Sydney suburb of Leichardt advertising for a “short-term casual sales consultant” to work with the team during the closure.

A spokesperson for Dick Smith’s receivers Ferrier Hodgson said employees would receive redundancy notices and final work dates closer to closure date.

However, if employees resign before they're given their redundancy notice, they won't be entitled to a redundancy payout.

The spokesperson added that individual store closures were dependent on the sale of remaining stock, and not all stores would close on the same day.

An unnamed Dick Smith employee told Fairfax it was difficult to look for new work because management still hadn’t specified when stores would close.

"The problem is because we haven't received our notice of redundancy, and without a notice of redundancy you basically void your entitlements [if you leave]," the employee told Fairfax.

"I would only take a new job if they were willing to wait until Dick Smith closes, because I'm not missing out on potentially thousands of dollars of redundancy."

He added that Dick Smith was required to give employees four weeks’ notice if they were made redundant, which didn’t happen when Dick Smith’s Move and Electronics Powered by Dick Smith stores were closed.

Earlier this week, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission said it would investigate Dick Smith’s collapse for issues of administered trust and confidence.

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