Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day - 26 September 2022
14 September 2022
On Monday 26 September, New Zealand will mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II with a State Memorial Service and one-off public holiday.
The public holiday will be called Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day. This is a one off public holiday and the normal public holiday requirements under the Holiday's Act will apply, legislation will be passed shortly to bring the holiday into force.
Part time employees must be paid $1696 a fortnight regardless of how many hours they work
15 June 2022
Employment Court rules that all salaried employees who are paid fortnightly must be paid $1,696 a fortnight regardless of how many hours they work
The Employment Court has ruled that Mount Cook Airline Limited’s part-time cabin crew who are paid a salary need to be paid the full fortnightly minimum wage of $1,600 (now $1,696 as at 1 April 2022) despite these part-time cabin crew only working six days a fortnight. This aspect of the Employment Court’s decision has been appealed to the Court of Appeal.
The Clubs New Zealand 2022 Wage and Salary Survey is Open
9 June 2022
The Clubs New Zealand Wage and Salary Survey is back for 2022 and open for all clubs to complete now.
The results from the Wage and Salary Survey allow us to create the annual Wage and Salary Guide which is an incredibly sought after resource. The Wage and Salary Guide will only be prepared if we receive enough responses to the survey, as we want to ensure we are creating relevant and meaningful resources for clubs to use.
Matariki Public Holiday - 24 June 2022
12 May 2022
The Government has created a new public holiday by passing the Te Ture mō te Hararei Tūmatanui o Te Kāhui o Matariki / Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Act.
The first public holiday to celebrate Matariki will be on Friday 24 June 2022.
Get prepared for Easter and ANZAC day - Trading Hours, Special Licences and Employee Entitlements
31 March 2022
Good Friday is kicking off the Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays for 2022 on Friday 15th April. With these holidays, there is always some confusion around the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and how it applies to trading hours for Club Licences and employee entitlements.
New Zealand Income Insurance Scheme
25 March 2022
According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, an estimated 100,000 New Zealanders per annum are made redundant or have to stop working due to a health condition or disability. No doubt this situation has been exacerbated by many factors beyond the scope of this article. However, the implications of the Canterbury Earthquakes, a global pandemic over the last two years, and more recently the war in Ukraine, may be relevant.
Clubs New Zealand Template Employment Agreements - Updated
18 November 2021
In light of the recent and incoming employment law changes we have had the Clubs New Zealand template employment agreements reviewed and updated where required.
The updated Clubs New Zealand Individual Employment Agreement Template and the Clubs New Zealand Casual Employment Agreement Template have been loaded in the Clubs New Zealand resource room for members to access.
Christmas and New Year Public Holiday Entitlements 2021/22
11 November 2021
This year the Christmas and New Year public holidays fall on Saturday 25 December, Sunday 26 December, Saturday 1 January and Sunday 2 January meaning that Mondayisation and even Tuesdayisation are going to be in play.
Below is a brief overview of the entitlements for these holidays, if you require further information please contact Clubs New Zealand on 0800 4 CLUBS or visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website at www.employment.govt.nz
Covid may be a Game Changer, but the Rules are Unchanged
18 October 2021
The pandemic has had a number of far reaching and adverse impacts on many aspects of society, some of which were not foreseeable. However, one sadly predictable effect is the severe financial impact on some businesses caused by extended lockdowns. Whilst government help has been available, it will not be enough for some businesses, and they will be turning to retrenchment and redundancies to survive.
Employment Status - not always a piece of cake
15 July 2021
How often can you have your cake and eat it? Once in a while an Employment Court decision comes along and suggests that that is perfectly possible, metaphorically speaking of course.
In the recent Employment Court case of Ross Barry v CI Builders Limited, Mr Barry, a builder, managed to persuade the court that he was an employee (enabling him to raise a personal grievance) even though he had happily accepted an independent contractor’s arrangement at the start of the relationship, three years before. So, why is this?
Sick Leave entitlement increasing soon
9 July 2021
The Government approved the increase of an employee’s sick leave entitlements from 5 days per year to 10 days per year, effective from 24 July 2021.
The extra 5 paid days would become available on the anniversary of the employee’s sick leave entitlement, that is, six months after the employee started employment with the employer, then each 12 month anniversary thereafter.
Dealing with false or misleading vaccine information in your workplace
17 June 2021
Not everything online is factual and accurate. We can quickly and subconsciously accept news that aligns with our beliefs and negatively react to information that is different. It’s important to take time and reflect when you read something about the COVID-19 vaccine, before acting.
Social media companies typically use algorithms to pick up false and misleading information. You may have seen a flag or small message on certain posts advising that the information is related to COVID-19 and will link you to a trusted source. These aren’t 100% fool proof. It’s important to remain vigilant with the information you share or post online. Always cross-check and review anything online regarding the vaccine by using the reliable sources listed below.