Govt announces cuts to ACC levies

The Government has approved big cuts to Accident Compensation Corporation levies for employees and their bosses next year which may save them more than half a billion dollars, ACC Minister Nick Smith has announced. Dr Smith said the Government had approved for consultation a levy reductions of 17 per cent for employees and 22 per

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Govt to consider making pay public

Govt to consider making pay public The Government will consider a proposal to allow workers to know if they are getting paid less than their colleagues because of their gender, but has concerns about it. Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Judy McGregor has proposed a new Pay Equality Bill which would require bosses to let

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Key shies from wage equity bill

The Government is firmly against pay discrimination based on gender, but has shied away from supporting a bill aimed at eliminating any pay gap between men and women who are doing the same job. The issue of pay equity has come to the fore after comments by Alasdair Thompson, head of the northern Employers and

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Building bridges across the gender pay gap

Enrico Moretti, an Italian professor of economics living in California, knows all about the women and sick days controversy here because he read about it in the Toronto Globe and Mail. He’s used to the reaction, too, and has some sympathy for Employers and Manufacturers Association chief executive Alasdair Thompson who found himself under fire

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Delay in big payroll job questioned

An Auckland payroll company has questioned the handling of a $62.7 million education payroll software overhaul that has been delayed for two years. The Novopay project – on the Government’s watchlist of high-risk projects – has been pushed back twice because of problems configuring the software for New Zealand’s education system. Noel Reid, chief executive

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No secrets: bill to reveal pay gap

Male and female colleagues would know each other’s salaries under a proposed pay equality bill which would remove an employer’s ability to keep them secret. Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Judy McGregor told the Weekend Herald that the number of women who did not know if they were receiving equal pay was disturbing. She has

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