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Access to Personal Information

Access to Personal Information

[PRIVACY COMMISSIONER] GIVE PEOPLE ACCESS TO THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION People have a right to access the personal information you hold about them. You should keep personal information in a way that is easily retrievable so you can: 1.     confirm that you hold a...

Holiday & Leave Entitlements After Termination & Rehire

Holiday & Leave Entitlements After Termination & Rehire

[EMPLOYMENTNZ] HOLIDAYS AND LEAVE ENTITLEMENTS AFTER TERMINATION AND THEN REHIRE If an employer dismisses an employee (for any reason) and then rehires them within one month, the employee’s employment is generally treated as being continuous for calculating sick...

Leave Without Pay

Leave Without Pay

[EMPLOYMENTNZ] LEAVE WITHOUT PAY An employee can take leave without pay if their employer agrees. The agreement should be recorded in writing. Leave without pay is when an employer allows an employee time off work when they would otherwise be working, but doesn’t pay...

General Election Voting Leave

General Election Voting Leave

[EMPLOYMENTNZ] GENERAL ELECTION VOTING LEAVE Leave to vote in general elections or by-elections. Your employer must give you time off to vote in general (parliamentary) elections on polling day if: ·         you are (or are qualified to be) registered as an elector of...

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...