Our office will be closed from Friday 23rd December and reopens 16th January.  However, there will be people on call so if you need anything urgent over this period please contact:

Calculating Holiday Pay

We’ve had a lot of questions lately about the calculation of annual holiday pay, whether to use ordinary weekly pay or average weekly earnings, and what should be included in the calculations.

Holidays Act Information Christmas Years 20162017

This year the recognised Public Holidays over the Christmas and New Year period are as follows:

Closedown Periods Christmas

With Christmas only a few weeks away, we thought we’d do a brief reminder about Closedown Periods that often occur during this festive time.

Charging Individual Complying Elaborate Privacy Act Requests

When employment relationships start to go pear shaped, employers are often faced with very generalised Privacy Act requests, which can be difficult and time consuming to comply with.  We refer to such requests as a ‘fishing expedition’, whereby an individual makes a formal information privacy request for all information about themselves pursuant to Principle 6 of the Privacy Act 1993.

Govt Accepts Recommendations Pay Equity

The Government will update the Equal Pay Act and amend the Employment Relations Act to implement recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity.

Volunteer Employee

If you thought working for food or accommodation was volunteering, think again. By law, anyone working in return for food and accommodation is an employee in accordance with section 6 of the Employment Relations Act 2000.

Unjustified Dismissal Employee Started Work

In a recent case out of the Christchurch Employment Relations Authority, two employees were unjustifiably dismissed before they had even commenced work.

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