[taxpolicy] Student loan bill introduced

The Student Loan Scheme Bill was tabled in Parliament today, introducing reforms that will in the future allow borrowers to manage their loans online.  The changes are part of a package of reforms to simplify the way Inland Revenue administers student loans.   For more information see the Government’s media statement and the Regulatory Impact

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[IRD] Student loan bill will simplify loan repayments

A bill tabled in Parliament today will make it easier for those with student loans to manage them online, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said. The Student Loan Scheme Bill paves the way for borrowers to communicate with Inland Revenue online and vice versa, and is part of a package of reforms to simplify the way

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Revealed: Who really pushed 90 day job law

By Derek Cheng 5:30 AM Friday Aug 27, 2010 The Government’s decision to extend 90-day new-employee trials to all businesses was made after a suggestion from the Act Party, and went against the recommendation of its own Minister of Labour, Kate Wilkinson. Government papers also show the proposal to enable bosses to demand proof of

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New Web Resource for Business Owners

A productive workplace is one where people are safe, healthy, and treated fairly. Creating this sort of environment helps organisations recruit and retain skilled staff, minimise employment relationship problems, and avoid tragic and costly accidents. The Department of Labour has launched a new web resource called Infozone: Business Essentials. This is an online resource that

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Holidays Amendment Bill Has been released

On the 16 August the Minister of Labour introduced the long awaited Holidays Amendment Bill to the house.  This is only a draft bill and there is a process to be followed that could result in changes being mad, so nothing is set yet.  We are adding a special section in the NZPPA’s member only

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PM makes a case for compulsory super

5:30 AM Tuesday Aug 17, 2010 Prime Minister John Key is setting out a compelling case for compulsory superannuation and says public opinion has shifted since it was rejected in a 1997 referendum. The Government hasn’t made any decisions and is going to wait for recommendations from a panel of experts which will consider all

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Govt moves to protect public holidays

7:23 PM Monday Aug 16, 2010 The Government is going to change the Holidays Act to make sure workers don’t lose four days leave when firms shut their doors over Christmas and New Year. Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said today the Employment Court recently ruled that when a firm routinely closed over the Christmas and

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[DOL] DYNAMICS ISSUE 8, August 2010

In this issue, DOL look at the results from the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) for the June 2010 quarter. DOL also point readers to the Skills Highway, a website that provides employers with information about workplace literacy skills training. DOL Futures and Research team look at the critical role Asian people will play in

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[IRD] August 2010 – Taxation (Budget Measures) Act 2010

In this issue you can read: – about the Taxation (Budget Measures) Act 2010 – a determination on financial arrangement income or expenditure from certain retirement village arrangements; and depreciation of equestrian arenas – an interpretation statement on non-resident contractor schedular payments – standard practice statements on recording Inland Revenue interviews; imaging of electronic storage

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Police forced to go on holiday

Police investigations are being stretched as bosses force their officers to take annual leave. The move is part of a Police Department bid to reduce a $200 million debt of accrued annual leave. But senior police spoken to by the Herald on Sunday say forced leave is reducing numbers in police, creating huge holes and

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Datacom group CEO dies of heart attack

Datacom group chief executive Michael Browne died of a heart attack this weekend. The 46-year-old was just promoted this month to his new role after being responsible for Datacom’s Australian and Asian businesses for over 10 years. Datacom, a privately owned New Zealand company, was founded in 1965 and employs over 3000 staff in Australia,

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[IRD] August 2010 * Accounting for GST from 1 October

In this issue you can read about: Accounting for GST in prices and business systems, paying by credit or debit card, how to get the best from our phone services, avoiding the common property tax mistakes, outstanding returns and instalment arrangements, our compliance plans for the coming year, always use our latest publications, guidelines on

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