Employment Matters

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Minimum wage rises by $1.20 on April 2019

The new minimum wage rates, before tax starting 1st April 2019 is going up from $16.50 to $17.70 per hour.

Employer should keep-up-to-date with the latest minimum pay rates and pay employees at least the current minimum rate. This rate stands even if employee only works a few hours each week and has little responsibility at work.

  • Adult - $17.70 an hour

  • Starting-out - $14.16 an hour (up from $13.20)

  • Training - $14.16 an hour (up from $13.20)

Read more on minimum pay rules and for a summary who can earn the different rates on.

Payday filing starts 1 April 2019

From 1 April 2019, its mandatory that employers file information about employee earnings and PAYE with IRD more often. If filing electronically, this needs to get paid within two working days of paying staff or within ten working days if a paper filer. There is a twice-monthly filing option for those who submit employment information on paper.

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New law helps people affected by domestic violence

The Domestic Violence – Victim’s Protection Act 2018, which was passed into law last July, comes into effect on 1 April 2019.

Under the new law, an employee who’s been subjected to domestic violence can request paid leave from their employer – up to 10 days per year. This leave is separate from annual, sick and bereavement leave. The new law also allows employees to request for short-term flexible working arrangements as they recover from domestic violence.

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ACC work levies dropping

Employers and people who are self-employed will on average pay 6.9 percent less of their ACC Work Account levy over the coming two years. You don’t need to do anything – ACC will updated your levies for you.

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