The Push to Ban Plastic Straws
3 October 2019
From Donald Trump to Kim Kardashian, many people have taken a position on the vexed issue of plastic straws.
A movement to ban single-use plastic gathered steam in 2016, stemming from a Greenpeace awareness campaign. It spread quickly, with countless celebrities decrying war on plastic straws on social media and the United Nations declaring war on single-use plastics.
Calling 'time' on cheques
25 September 2019
Inland Revenue and the Accident Compensation Corporation are calling ‘time’ on cheques.
From March next year, IR and ACC will no longer accept payments by cheque from customers who are able to use alternative payment options.
IR received more than 430,000 cheques last financial year, the largest number received by any public sector agency. ACC received approximately 25,000 cheques from business customers.
The Art of Email Etiquette
10 July 2019
Ahh electronic mail, everyday we are inundated with it. Some of the emails we receive are imperative for work, others might be personal, and a fair few will be junk. Whatever the case, you're likely trying to get out quick responses, file emails away to restore some kind of order to your inbox, or find a way to unsubscribe from whatever company has just sent you another discount code.
Guidance released for businesses ahead of July plastic bag ban
19 June 2019
To assist with preparing for the upcoming plastic bag ban, the Ministry for the Environment has released guidance for businesses.
The Waste Minimisation (Plastic Shopping Bags) Regulations 2018, announced last December, ban single-use plastic shopping bags under 70 microns in thickness from 1 July 2019.
Rugby World Cup 2019™ Tournament Pass now available for purchase from Spark Sport
9 May 2019
Rugby fans can now get ready for wall-to-wall coverage of Rugby World Cup 2019. Until the end of May, fans can purchase their Tournament Pass for just $59.99. The Spark Sport Rugby World Cup 2019 Tournament Pass is the only way New Zealanders can access all 48 matches of the tournament live and on demand.
Jeff Latch, Head of Spark Sport is urging fans who want the complete Rugby World Cup experience, to get in early and purchase their Tournament Pass at the super-early bird price of $59.99.
How to manage stress
11 April 2019
Feeling stressed in the workplace when the pressure is on is completely normal. But feeling workplace stress constantly, at home, in the car, and during your holiday is not.
Here are some practical ways to prevent workplace stress from taking over your life.
Is Your POS Fit For Purpose?
18 October 2018
Is your POS delivering all that it could? POS Technology is moving fast!
In the days when your POS was your cash register, it occupied a position at the end of your sales process. Since then, POS has shifted considerably, and now sits in a much more central position. Today’s POS now handles far more than the receipt of cash – inventory control, workforce rostering and management, accounting, sales analysis and even venue display signage. Here are a few features that may have improved since your POS system was last upgraded:
Be ready to shift to payday filing
13 September 2018
The time is now for New Zealand employers to get ready to shift to payday filing.
From April 1 2019 all employers will have to file their employment information every payday.
Inland Revenue customer segment lead Richard Owen says the easiest way to comply is through payroll software.
Business owners who keep good books sleep easy
31 May 2018
Keeping good business records can lead to a good night’s sleep is the main message in Inland Revenue’s latest campaign targeting the hospitality industry.
Hospitality is considered a high risk industry group as part of Inland Revenue’s long running hidden economy programme to identify undeclared income.
Can payroll software actually save you money?
31 May 2018
If you have staff, you need to pay them. This is called payroll – the managing of payments to your employees.
Some New Zealand businesses choose to do payroll manually, keeping payment notes in a spreadsheet or other document. Others might outsource payroll to an accountant or bookkeeper, or even to a dedicated payroll company.
Get ready for Payday Filing
3 May 2018
As of 1 April this year businesses can choose to report payroll information every payday instead of monthly. This is voluntary from 1 April 2018, and compulsory from 1 April 2019.
You need to start thinking about how and when you’ll opt in.
Round-up of 2018 law changes
26 April 2018
From payday reporting to a new minimum wage and rules around parental leave, here’s a summary of what’s new and what’s changed for small businesses and the self-employed – check which apply to you.