Employees of Restaurant Brands, which runs KFC, Pizza Hut and Carl’s Jr restaurant chains, were left out of pocket when the company hit payroll trouble over Christmas. Stemming from an initial administrative failure due to Christmas falling on a Tuesday, it spiralled into a three-week pay crisis for an estimated 3000 workers at the chain.
About 115,000 Kiwis will be stung with a tax bill for the first time next year and experts are warning there could be teething issues even for those who get refunds. The Inland Revenue is undertaking a major overhaul of the way it collects information from employers from April and will use it to issue
Inland Revenue has become the country’s first big employer to adopt payday filing ahead of it being mandatory on 1 April next year. Customer segment leader Richard Owen says switching early makes good business sense. “There are 5,138 staff to pay every fortnight at Inland Revenue so waiting until April to adopt a new system
Labour’s flagship workplace relations bill has been delayed and union access provisions softened to keep NZ First on board. The rights of employers to opt out of multi-employment collective agreements (MECA) has also been strengthened, with employers able to opt out if they have “reasonable grounds”. The changes to the bill appeared in an amendment
Time off in lieu (TOIL) has nothing to do with the Holidays Act 2003. If provided it is an agreed term between the employer and employee. The whole point of TOIL is not to pay for additional hours worked. This is not about overtime as overtime is an agreed term and is about being paid
One of the main issues with the Holidays Act is whether decisions on payments made to an employee have been included or excluded in the correct period of gross earnings related to the day or week that is then used in the Act’s various leave calculations. It is the lack of understanding on how these
Now before 10,000 Australians abuse me, I am stating that I hate long service leave (LSL) because it is not a leave entitlement provided in New Zealand legislation. However, it’s relatively common to see LSL as an additional leave entitlement provided to the employee in older businesses, as well as larger ones or those that
Firstly, giving an employee annual holidays in advance is a privilege and not a right under the Holidays Act. In this post I want to cover some of the misunderstandings and issues when giving annual holidays in advance. Most employers do allow employees to take their annual holidays in advance. This is about your culture
Women’s financial positions are improving slowly but there are still major hurdles when it comes to pay, penalties for becoming a mother and a growing retirement savings gap. There remains a 9.2 per cent gap between the median pay of men and women but it has fallen from 16.3 per cent in 1998. Gail Pacheco,
New Zealand’s worst payroll disaster Novopay is back in the news this time for making substantial overpayments that have been putting teachers into debt. This is on top of major issues with the Holidays Act still not resolved. The ongoing issues with Novopay is what happens when non-payroll people are involved in payroll selection and
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has named and shamed them its latest published stand down list. The list comes after a crackdown on employers who breach immigration and employment law, and it includes some of New Zealand’s best-known companies. Fast food restaurants have a reputation for low pay, but several managed to
Antares Restaurant Group, the parent company which owns and operates Burger King in New Zealand, has been banned from hiring migrant workers for a year. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) put the company on its stand-down list for breaching the Minimum Wage Act. It is now banned from getting new visas for
New Zealand’s gender pay gap is closing, according to figures from Statistics NZ. The gender pay gap was sitting at 9.2 per cent in the June quarter of this year — the second-smallest gap recorded in around 20 years. In 2012 the gender pay gap sat at 9.1 per cent, the lowest recorded, and last
Women who have a miscarriage at any stage in their pregnancy would be entitled to bereavement leave under a new Member’s Bill drawn from the ballot. Labour MP Ginny Andersen’s bill would make it explicit that the “unplanned death of a foetus” is grounds for up to three days of bereavement leave. “One pregnancy out
Article by: David Jenkins, NZPPA CEO In the terms of reference for the recently announced review of the Holidays Act, the Minister states that payroll providers and other private sector organisations will be involved “in the design and testing of options” on making the Holidays Act workable. On the face of it this looks like
From the 1 April 2019 New Zealand will have another leave type called Domestic Violence leave. An employee that is eligible will be able to get up to 10 days domestic violence leave. It will become an act once signed off by the Governor General and a range of current legislation will be amended with
Dear Mr Lees-Galloway THE NONSENSE HAS TO STOP My apologies for the dramatic heading to my letter. It is just an expression of the frustration and annoyance that I feel regarding the lack of patience and goodwill being shown by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in dealing with Holiday Pay compliance issues.
IRD has released an Operational Statement that replaces Operation Statement OS 09/01 Commissioner’s statement on use of a kilometre rate for expenditure incurred for business use of a motor vehicle, issued in May 2009. This Statement explains how the kilometre rates are to be applied and also sets the rates for the current year. This Statement is
Commissioner’s statement on using a kilometre rate for business running of a motor vehicle.
Bunnings has announced it will backpay staff $11 million as part of its efforts to comply with Holidays Act. The payment affects 12,235 staff members and comes as a number of other major organisations also make moves to correct the underpayment of staff over years. All leave payments from 1 April 2004 to 31 May