The NZPPA was set up to develop payroll as a recognised profession in New Zealand. We do this through training, professional development, NZPPA certification, networking, and the list goes on.
As with all professional bodies, it is important that we, as payroll professionals, work towards helping others. NZPPA Campaigns detail the areas in which we are trying to help the wider community while also showing that payroll is a professional group.
Current NZPPA Campaigns
We have the following campaigns running (see details below):
- WHY PROVIDING PAYSLIPS SHOULD BE A LEGAL REQUIREMENT
- New acronym to remember the 6 leave types that use RDP and ADP from the Holidays Act – “BEDVAPS”
WHY PROVIDING PAYSLIPS SHOULD BE A LEGAL REQUIREMENT
There is nothing in past or current legislation in New Zealand which requires a payslip to be provided when an employee is paid.
There have been lots of stories in the media about employees not being paid correctly: from issues with the minimum wage and the Holidays Act, through to downright deliberate exploitation of employees from overseas.
Paying employees correctly is one of the fundamental objectives of payroll and providing a payslip is not rocket science – it’s an effective way payroll can show it has done this. If there are any issues, they can be identified there and then, so they do not become a nightmare for the employee or payroll.
NZPPA started this campaign in January 2019 with a letter to the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety. To date, we have not received a response.
We have also sent a copy of this letter to the Minister of Revenue, CTU, Business NZ, and Greens, as well as a range of unions and the National Party. A lot of these organisations are quick to find issues; we just hope they can put politics aside and support a practical way to help employees.
Here is a copy of the letter sent to the Minister:
New acronym to remember the 6 leave types that use RDP and ADP from the Holidays Act – “BEDVAPS”
In this campaign NZPPA wants to promote a new acronym to help remember the six leave types that use RDP and ADP under the Holidays Act.
There are six leave types that use relevant daily pay (RDP) and average daily pay (ADP) provided under the Holidays Act 2003 (HA), being:
The common way to remember them up to this point has been to use acronym “BAPS” but with the new minimum leave entitlement of 10 days for domestic violence leave becoming part of the Holidays Act from the 1st April 2019 BAPS wont work.
At the same time, there has always been missing another leave type provided outside of the Holidays Act that use RDP and ADP being employment relations education leave provided under the Employment Relations Act for union training.
By using the first letter or letters of each leave type the following acronym is an easy way to remember all of the six leave types:
BEDVAPS stated as BED-VAPS
Of course, there is annual holiday entitlement also provided under the Holidays Act, but this is calculated by the greater of average weekly earnings (AWE) and ordinary weekly pay (OWP).
So, in conclusion, with DVL being added to the HA along with the existing education leave BEDVAPS is a new acronym to keep on top of all leave entitlements calculated under RDP and ADP from the Holidays Act.
How can you help?
We are developing a template letter that you can sign and email directly to the Minister asking for his assistance in making it a legal requirement to provide a payslip in New Zealand.
The letter will be available on this page shortly.
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