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Public Holidays over Christmas and New Year 2016/2017

This year the recognised Public Holidays over the Christmas and New Year period are as follows: Sunday 25th December 2015 – Christmas Day (observed on Tuesday 27th) Monday 26th December – Boxing Day Sunday 1st January 2016 – New Year’s Day (observed on Tuesday 3rd) Monday 2nd January – the day after New Year’s Day […]

Annual Closedowns

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. A Closedown Period means “a period during which the Employer customarily closes the Employer’s operations or discontinues the work of one or more Employees and requires his or her Employees to take […]

Easter trading: New rules for you and staff

If you’re a shop owner, new rules from Easter 2017 mean your council may let you open on Easter Sunday. However, you can’t make your employees work that day. This law change addresses growing demand from the public and retailers to open for business on Easter Sunday. Currently, the law restricts most — but not […]

Easter holidays 2016

Easter Public Holidays The actual days which are classified as public holidays under the Holidays Act 2003 during Easter this year are: Good Friday – 25 March Easter Monday – 28 March (not Sunday!) Many people get Easter Sunday confused and think that this day is also a public holiday – this is not correct. […]

Christmas and New Year – Public Holidays 2015/2016

This year the recognised Public Holidays over the Christmas and New Year period are as follows: Friday 25th December 2015 – Christmas Day Saturday 26th December – Boxing Day (observed on Monday 28th December) Friday 1st January 2016 – New Year’s Day Saturday 2nd January – the day after New Year’s Day (observed on Monday 4th January) Public Holidays […]

ANZAC Day – The first time for “Mondayisation”

With ANZAC Day falling on a Saturday this year,  the new Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day) Amendment Act or, as it is more commonly known, the ‘Mondayisation Bill’, will have its first big impact. The ‘Mondayisation Bill’ means that when Waitangi Day (6 February) or ANZAC Day (25 April) now fall on a […]

When should I contact a Labour Inspector?



Labour Inspectors make sure that employers operate within the law in relation minimum entitlements – that is things like minimum wages, annual leave, and public holidays.  They can take action to enforce minimum standards through the Employment Relations Authority. If you believe you are receiving less than your legal minimum entitlements then ideally, you should discuss […]

ANZAC Day trading restrictions

Just a reminder that ANZAC Day is tomorrow and there are trading restrictions until 1pm.  If you’re not sure what these rules are click the link below to read the information on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website. http://www.dol.govt.nz/er/holidaysandleave/publicholidays/shop-opening-hours.asp

Mondayisation of Waitangi and ANZAC Day

The Bill providing for public holidays on Mondays when Waitangi Day or ANZAC Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday —the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day) Amendment Bill the was passed on 17 April 2013. (It awaits assent.) A Member’s Bill, it was not supported by the Government, but had support […]

Maternity, Parental Leave, and Annual Holidays

Question: We have an employee who is taking maternity leave and her final date of employment is within two weeks of the first of the Easter statutory holidays. The employee has either taken accrued holidays or will be paid out her entitlement when she leaves.  Are we obligated to pay her any of the Easter […]