[DOL] New Minimum Wage rates are coming

The new minimum wage rates come into effect on April 1 2010. The minimum wage will increase from $12.50 to $12.75 an hour before tax. This applies to all employees aged 16 and over, who are not new entrants or trainees. The training and new entrants’ minimum wages will increase from $10.00 to $10.20 an

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[DOL] Breastfeeding in the workplace

The Code of Practice on Infant Feeding was launched on 23 March. The code has been developed to help employers understand their obligations to provide unpaid breaks and/or facilities for employees who wish to breastfeed their infants or express milk during working hours. The Code provides useful guidance on the range of factors an employer

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Up and down the pay scale

New Zealand’s minimum wage is still close to the highest it has been, as a proportion of the average wage, since the late 1970s. It is also the second-highest of any developed country in relation to the median wage, although well below richer countries such as Australia in dollar terms. The Council of Trade Unions

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Pickers win wage battle

A company that paid vineyard workers as little as $2 an hour has lost a legal battle over unpaid wages. Six workers have been awarded backpay after the Department of Labour took a case against New Zealand Vines Ltd to the Employment Relations Authority. The case is the second time in seven months the company

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Minimum wage – the $15 question

Ryan Poitoa resents getting paid less than his mates doing the same job beside him. Poitoa, 17, is one of the 150 people who got work when a Countdown supermarket opened in Manukau. He reckons he was picked out of the 3090 hopefuls who queued for the jobs for two days in January because he

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Dunne tips property tax change, lower personal tax

Speaking to the International Fiscal Association conference in Christchurch today, Dunne said changes to the tax treatment of property were likely, to make the rules fairer and more equitable for all taxpayers. The proposal that GST be lifted to 15 per cent, would only go ahead if appropriate compensation was provided for those who need

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[IRD] March 2010 – Clarifying staff reimbursements for motor vehicle expenses

In this issue you can read about mileage rates, KiwiSaver small business survey, income tax timetable, paying PAYE electronically, calculating PAYE in April, reducing printed publications, KiwiSaver start dates, ACC earners’ levy increases, changes in horticulture and viticulture industries, IR15S changed, child support deduction notices, and income verification.   Here’s the link to the March

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[DOL] Migration Insights

What’s Hot? provides an overview of migration flows and policy, and contributes a New Zealand country profile for OECD’s ‘International Migration Outlook’ series. Final Evaluation Report of the Recognised Seasonal Employer Policy (2007-2009) Quota Refugees Ten Years On Every year New Zealand opens its doors to 750 people seeking a new life, safe from the

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Personal grievance revamp considered

\”A number of concerns have been raised about the personal grievance system, including uncertainty about the law and the ability for parties to spin out the legal battle for years,\” Ms Wilkinson said. Other options included streamlined processes, better information and online tools and a helpline to assist resolving problems before they escalated and manage

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