Workers win back one lost holiday

Most New Zealanders will miss out on a holiday next year when Anzac Day and Easter Monday fall on the same day – but a precedent-setting agreement for metal workers has brought substitute holidays closer to reality. The agreement, the first of its kind, gives 2000 metal and manufacturing workers a one-off holiday in 2011

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Sick leave – a problem, or hypochondria?

There is a well known saying: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it… And I can’t help but think that it may have some application in relation to the Government’s proposed changes to sick leave under the Holidays Act 2003. The current law: Under the Holidays Act 2003 as it is currently drafted, after six

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Former staff get payout

By Rachel Grunwell TVNZ is paying out thousands of dollars to hundreds of current and former staff after mistakes were made in bonus and other payments. More than 200 existing and 300 former staff have been receiving letters saying they are owed money. The mistakes in calculating bonuses, incentive payments and annual leave entitlements were

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[DOL] Wondering who pays for parental leave?

To help employers,  we’ve put together simple answers to  four commonly asked  questions. Who pays for parental leave?Paid Parental Leave is paid by the IRD. It is NOT paid by the employer. Employees have to apply for parental leave from their employer. If they are eligible for parental leave, they then apply to the IRD for parental leave payments. How

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NZ parental leave ‘middling’

Despite playing catch-up with most of the developed world, New Zealand is still only a middling performer when it comes to parental leave provisions, according to a new study. However, it far outperforms what is currently offered by the big economies of Australia and the United States, according to the report compiled by the Center

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Sick leave change ‘not major’

Employees should not be worried about getting a medical certificate if they are genuinely unwell, Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson says. \”It shouldn’t worry any employee who is not trying to pull a sickie,\” she told NZPA. Over the weekend the Government announced widespread changes to employment laws, including that employers can request proof of sickness

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Holiday Act Update

At the National Party’s conference the Government announced changes to the Holidays Act, including being able to trade the fourth week of holiday leave for cash, if employers and employees both agree. Other changes to the act proposed are: * Workers with irregular hours will have their pay for sick leave, bereavement leave, public and

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All new workers set to face 90-day trial

The Government is planning to allow all companies to have 90-day trials for new workers and wants to give employers the power to keep unions out of the workplace. Unions say the proposals are outrageous and an attack on workers’ rights. The present scheme – restricted to firms with 20 staff or fewer – lets

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Labour law changes promote growth – Key

Sweeping changes to labour laws, including changing the test for reasonable dismissal to make it easier for employers to fire workers, have been announced by the Government today. At the National Party annual conference this morning, Prime Minister John Key confirmed plans to extend the 90-day trial for new workers to all businesses. Currently the

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Kiwibank calls for compulsory KiwiSaver membership

The boss of state-owned Kiwibank wants people to be compelled to join KiwiSaver, with individual contributions rising gradually over the next decade or two to reach 10 per cent of income. With employers also providing 10 per cent, it would take savings to 20 per cent, which was recognised as the level of savings needed

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[IRD] July 2010 – Read the update on Budget tax changes

In this issue you can read the update on Budget tax changes, GST Budget changes, company changes from the Budget, other Budget changes, using codes when making your electronic payments, requesting a back-year personal tax summary, paid parental leave increases, and making tax easier.   Here’s the link to the July issue of Business Tax

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[IRD] July 2010 – GST: Time of supply and payments of deposits

The latest issue of the Tax Information Bulletin Vol 22, No 6 (July 2010) is now available at www.ird.govt.nz/tib   In this issue you can read about: – determinations on use of fair dividend rate method for a type of attributing interest in a foreign investment fund; and categories of taxpayers who need to request

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McDonald’s backs revised work conditions bill

2:30 PM Thursday Jul 1, 2010 Representatives from McDonald’s have thrown their weight behind a bill which aims to remove some of the rules around rest and meal breaks in workplaces. Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson says Employment Relations Act legislation passed in 2008 under the previous government was overly prescriptive and not practical. The Employment

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[IRD] June 2010 – It’s tax time

In this issue you can read about, It’s tax time, tax credits for donations, childcare and housekeeping, applying for Working for Families Tax Credits, updating your subscription details, go online to get student loan news, paid parental leave, new online services for families and individuals, government consultation on making tax easier, CPI adjustment for childcare

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[IRD] 2011 Payroll Specification Update

The updated 2011 payroll specification to include changes announced in the May 2010 budget is now available to be downloaded from the IRD website. The URL link to this document is http://www.ird.govt.nz/software-developers/software-dev-specs/software-dev-specs-index.html#payroll the current version is Version 4.    

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[IRD] July 2010 – Tax agents and personal debt

In this issue you can read about tax agents and personal debt, standard-cost adjustments, ACC levies and special tax codes, mileage rates for motor vehicles, revised disputes resolution process, questions we’ve been asked, a Government consultation website and an update on the 2010 budget.   Here’s the link to the July issue of Agents Answers:

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