This is in response to a recent Court ruling that found a week is the longest period which salaried workers could be assessed for compliance with the Minimum Wage Act.

Minimum Wage Increases 50 Cents Hour 1 April 2017

As of 1 April 2017 the new minimum wage rates are:

Case Annual Averaging Minimum Wage Permitted

An employer’s claim that weekly wages that were less than the minimum wage, paid to a farm worker when cows were being milked, could be offset against wages that were higher than the minimum wage, paid to the worker when the cows were dry, so over the year the employer was complying with the Minimum Wage Act 1983 was unsuccessful.

Minimum Wage Increases To 16 50 Per Hour

On 1 April 2018 the adult minimum wage rate went up 75 cents to $16.50 per hour. The starting out and training rates also increased 40 cents to $13.20 per hour.

Employer Kiwisaver Contribution Employee Minimum Wage

Employers can agree with employees that they will pay KiwiSaver contributions on a “total remuneration” approach whereby their wages are inclusive of the employer’s contribution.

Employers Kiwisaver Contributions Deducted Minimum Wage

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from an aged care provider that sought to deduct KiwiSaver compulsory employer contributions from the minimum wages it paid its caregivers.

Employment Relations Authority Determines On Call Work

In Sanderson v South Canterbury District Health Board [2017] NZERA Christchurch 37, the Employment Relations Authority has determined that being “on-call” constitutes “work”, which means the Minimum Wage Act will apply.  As such, these employees must be paid at a rate no less than the minimum wage for every hour that they are on-call.

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