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 […]

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 […]

Pleading ignorance is no excuse when it comes to Employment Law

Another story regarding a North Shore Food Court that underpaid their staff to the tune of $164,000.  They failed to pay staff for all hours worked and for leave etc. MBEI have stated ‘ignorance of NZ employment legislation is no excuse’ and ever employer must ensure staff are paid correctly, this is another perfect reason […]

ACC wants your views

ACC is currently seeking your views on their levies etc.  Click HERE to share your views. Are you ready to have your say? Levy consultation for the 2016/17 year opens today and runs through until 5pm, Friday 30 October. Jump online, join the conversation, and let us know what you think – this is your […]