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How Child Support Works

How Child Support Works

[IRD] HOW CHILD SUPPORT WORKS What is child support? Child support is money paid by parents who do not live with their children or who share care with someone else. The money is to help with the cost of raising a child. Child support is often put in place when parents...

Paid Parental Leave (employees)

Paid Parental Leave (employees)

[IRD] PAID PARENTAL LEAVE (EMPLOYEES) If you take time off work to care for your baby or a child who has come into your care, you may be able to get paid parental leave. To qualify you must have permanent primary responsibility for a child under 6 and be: ·         a...

(Worksafe) Fatique – what’s the problem?

(Worksafe) Fatique – what’s the problem?

[WORKSAFE] FATIGUE - WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? Many industries rely on workers being physically and mentally alert. Fatigue is a state of physical and/or mental exhaustion which reduces a person’s ability to perform work safely and effectively. How are workers and others...

Can your Employer Control what you do on your Phone?

Can your Employer Control what you do on your Phone?

CAN YOUR EMPLOYER CONTROL WHAT YOU DO ON YOUR PHONE? OPINION: How many times do you interact with your smartphone every day? If you are typical it is likely your estimate will be far less than the reality. Check it out for a day or even an hour. Today’s smartphones...

Making Your Staff Redundant?

Making Your Staff Redundant?

[EMPLOYMENT NZ] MAKING STAFF REDUNDANT? IT’S IN YOUR INTEREST TO FOLLOW A PROPER PROCESS The COVID-19 situation continues to be stressful and challenging for many businesses. Some employers are feeling the pressure to adapt quickly to the new environment. Some have to...

Updating Kiwisaver Deduction Rates

Updating Kiwisaver Deduction Rates

[IRD] UPDATE EMPLOYEE KIWISAVER DEDUCTION RATE Your employee can ask you to change the rate you use to make deductions KiwiSaver from their pay. They cannot change it more than once every 3 months unless you agree. 1. Employee gives you a KiwiSaver deduction - KS2...

Minimum Wage Rates

Minimum Wage Rates

[EMPLOYMENT NZ] DIFFERENT TYPES OF MINIMUM WAGE RATES There are three different types of minimum wage rates: adult, starting-out and training. Adult minimum wage The adult minimum wage applies to all employees aged 16 years and over who are: ·         not starting-out...

Are Contractors Employees?

Are Contractors Employees?

[EMPLOYMENTNZ] CONTRACTORS WHO BELIEVE THEY’RE EMPLOYEES CAN GO TO THE EMPLOYMENT COURT This week, the Employment Court ruled that Mika Leota, who worked as a courier driver at Parcel Express and was considered a contractor by the company, was in fact its employee....

Bonus’s must be part of holiday pay calculations

Bonus’s must be part of holiday pay calculations

[EMPLOYMENTNZ] BONUSES MUST BE PART OF HOLIDAY PAY CALCULATIONS, EMPLOYMENT COURT RULES The Labour Inspectorate and Metropolitan Glass & Glazing jointly filed a case with the Employment Court after being unable to agree on payments to be included in holiday pay...

Sick Leave Entitlements

Sick Leave Entitlements

[EMPLOYMENTNZ] SICK LEAVE ENTITLEMENTS Most employees are entitled to five days’ sick leave a year depending on how long they’ve worked for the same employer. All employees (including part-time and casual employees) are entitled to 5 days' sick leave if: ·        ...