Big changes to when Banks process payments from May 26th, 2023

Payments NZ has been working with the Banking industry on a significant core payments system project to extend the processing of electronic payments to 365 days a year. This upcoming change will mean Kiwis will be able to receive as well as send payments between banks every day of the year. We’re pleased to announce […]

2023 April Tax Changes

Not many changes this year and no change to the Holidays Act which is a blessing in my view as the proposed changes would do nothing to make the Legislation easier to comply with. ACC Earner LEVY Rate The ACC Earners Levy Rate has increased from $1.46 to $1.53. ACC Earner LEVY Threshold The maximum […]

Husband ordered to pay his Wife for unpaid wages

A Dargaville business owner has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay his former wife more than $80,000 to cover wages she never received. Ashwin Lal worked for two grocery stores in Dargaville owned by Jai Enterprises and Lal’s Enterprises, which were both owned by her former husband, Amitesh Lal. The businesses owned […]

Uber drivers – the latest decision in the contractor or employee debate

The Employment Court has ruled that four Uber drivers, who worked in both the ride sharing and the meal delivery services, were employees rather than independent contractors (E Tū Incorporated & another v Rasier Operations BV & others [2022] NZEmpC 192). This will have significant implications for minimum wage, holidays, sick leave, and other entitlements […]

Govt’s proposed Income Insurance Scheme – yet another business cost or a sensible solution?

The Government’s proposed New Zealand Income Insurance Scheme (IIS) has been thrust into the media spotlight, and if the scheme proceeds in its current form there will be significant impacts on the employment law landscape. The idea: Ministers say the proposed IIS fills a gaping hole in New Zealand’s social insurance space, contrasted with the Opposition’s […]