Bottle Store owner fined $200,000 for exploiting staff

A liquor store owner whose behaviour was branded “heinous” by a judge will pay up an unprecedented $200,000 fine for underpaying migrant workers – but is unrepentant. Six Indian migrants were underpaid a total of $250,000 by Paramjeet Singh Parihar and Kuldip Kaur Parihar while working at the couple’s Super Liquor bottle stores in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

2017 April Tax Updates

As is customary this time of year, new updates in relation to payroll come into place. Luckily, this year there is very little change, these are: The ACC Earner Levy Threshold increases from $122,063 to $124,053. This means that you do not need to pay ACC on earnings above $124,503, the rate remains at $1.39 […]