Dunedin Grocery Store fined $53,000

A Dunedin grocery store and its director found to have flouted employment law have been fined $53,000. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) handed down the penalties for 40 employment breaches and attempting to deceive labour inspectors. Director Quing (Jade) Luo, was made personally responsible for $8960 in fines. In November 2017, inspectors visited the convenience store to check […]

Types of Employment

There are many ways we define employees in relation to their Employment Type and below we look at each one.  We see many employers who employ staff on a Casual Employee Contract but in reality, when you look at the nature of their work (working every week, expected to work etc) then they are clearly […]

Harvey Polglase has decided to retire

Harvey has been our longest serving employee and has been with us from June 2006.  So after 13 years he has decided it is time to call it a day and spend more time at home with his wife, Caroline and his bees. We all will miss his enthusism and dedication but wish him a […]

Contractor or Employee? Getting it wrong can be very costly

The former directors of a Dunedin taxi company have been found personally liable for failing to pay minimum wages and holiday pay.  The Employment Relations Authority found Ronald Grant and Maureen Grant treated four taxi drivers as contractors when they were, in fact, employees of Southern Taxis in Dunedin. The decision followed an earlier determination by […]

What is Gross Earnings (MBIE)

Gross Earnings is used in a number of different situations to calculate payment for holidays and other leave. When to use gross earnings in holiday and leave calculations Gross earnings is used to calculate: ordinary weekly pay for determining payment for annual holidays (when the ordinary weekly pay formula is used) average weekly earnings for […]

The cost of Payroll Compliance

Payroll Compliance is possibly the biggest reason why companies choose to outsource their payroll to a company like Ezypay.  In the UK, around 80% of companies outsource their payroll.  This figure will be much less here possibly due to the Kiwi ‘can do’ attitude.  Unfortunately,  companies still get it wrong as per the following examples […]

2019 Tax Changes – effective from April 1st, 2019

There is not much happening Tax wise for the 2019/20 Tax Year, just four changes to do with payroll. ACC Earner Levy Threshold – The maximum income on which the ACC levy is applied is increased from $126,286 to $128,470. Student Loan Threshold – The Student Loan Threshold has increased to $19,760 or $380 per […]

Changes to the Employment Relations Act

The following changes came into effect on December 12th, 2018 Changes to the Employment Relations Act now in effect include the following: Union representatives can now enter workplaces without consent, provided the employees are covered under, or bargaining towards, a collective agreement. Pay deductions can no longer be made for partial strikes. Businesses must now […]