Have a break, have a kitkat (instead?)

Muffin Break must be laughing all the way to the bank with the free publicity it is getting, thanks to Labour MP the Honourable Darren Hughes and his comments that employees forced to work through their breaks may be compensated by a muffin if amendments to the rest and meal breaks legislation are passed. By

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Government consults on simplifying tax system

Hon Bill English Minister of Finance   Hon Peter Dunne Minister of Revenue   Wednesday, 9 June 2010   The Government is seeking public feedback on proposed changes to simplify the tax system and make it easier for people to manage their tax affairs, Finance Minister Bill English and Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said today.

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Salary growth subdued

New Zealand salary growth has more than halved over the past year, following growth of up to 5.2 per cent, and is expected to remain subdued for the next couple of years, according to a survey out yesterday. The median pay increase of 2.5 per cent for the 12 months ended February showed the effects

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NZ trailing Australia on pay rises: study

New Zealand continues to lag behind Australia when it comes to salary increases, a survey has found. The Hays Salary Guide – which examined salary and recruiting trends for over 1800 job functions in 16 sectors across Australia and New Zealand – found 43 per cent of Australian employers were planning salary increases in their

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[IRD] [taxpolicy] Government consults on simplifying tax system

The Government is seeking feedback on proposed changes to simplify the tax system, including simplifying PAYE and income tax returns for individuals and employers, as part of Inland Revenue’s move towards greater electronic interaction with the public.  Consultation is taking place via an online forum for general comment and a discussion document, \”Making tax easier\”,

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Income tax case puts spotlight on professionals

By Dene Mackenzie 4:00 AM Wednesday Jun 9, 2010 A Court of Appeal decision could open the floodgates for the Inland Revenue Department to prosecute professionals hiding behind company structures to avoid high personal income tax rates. Polson Higgs tax partner Michael Turner called it the \”most authoritative\” decision regarding the use of structures that

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[IRD] June issue of Agents Answers

In this issue: Self-service calling aid replaces INFOexpress card, regaining a client*s extension of time, online services for tax agents and your responsibilities, new electronic notices for E-file tax agents, your authority to act, student loan reminders, RWT rates from 1 April 2010, May 2010 budget update, income/losses from (PIEs), Inland Revenue sets sights on

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[IRD] Payroll Developers – Budget 2010 Update

Draft Payroll Specification IRD are seeking feedback on the draft and ask this is provided to [email protected] by 5pm on 21st of June 2010.   E-File GST specification IRD request all software developers use their current query channels to put all queries to us relating to the budget changes, flagging them as budget changes by marking these in

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Employer optimism returning, says survey

By Susie Nordqvist 10:30 AM Tuesday Jun 8, 2010 New Zealand employers are more optimistic than they have been in two years, prompting speculation hiring activity could soon return to pre-recession levels. The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey puts the seasonally adjusted net employment outlook at 18 per cent, up five per cent from the

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[IRD] June issue of Business Tax Update

In this issue you can read about Budget 2010, online overseas currency calculator, GST rules for international travellers, valuing FBT for motor vehicles where previously owned, child support deduction notices, changes to disputes resolution process, making tax easier, CPI adjustment for childcare and boarding service providers, and our updated home page.   Here’s the link

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Robert Walters’ Salary Survey 2010

This comprehensive salary survey has been compiled by Robert Walters’ dedicated research division and offers an annual insight into the salaries presently commanded in each market. NewZealand_Salary_Survey_2010.pdf They have a range of other countries availabe using the following link: http://www.robertwalters.com/en-gb/employment-trends/salary-survey.do This is a free survey!

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[DOL] Parental leave for self employed

Self-employed parents are eligible for 14 weeks paid parental leave under the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987 You are a self-employed person under the Act if you are:    a) Providing goods or services for hire or reward under a contract for services, or b) Carrying on a business (including a profession, trade,

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[DOL] How to handle parental leave requests from your staff

If you have received a request for parental leave here are three things to do to get started. 1. Find out what your employee is eligible for:   The Department of Labours online calculator can help you determine if your employee is entitled to take parental leave and receive government funded parental leave payments. The

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[DOL] Migration Insights- Focusing on employment and settlement

A recent survey found that 83 percent of responding employers hired migrants because they couldn’t find a New Zealander with the right skills. Satisfaction with migrant workers was also high. Migration Insights updates you with the latest findings about immigration research. IMSED Research is a service of the Department of Labour. The Final Evaluation Report

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