Read this before turning your gaming machines back on
22 April 2020
Phil Lamberg of Aristocrat has provided some advice for clubs (which will apply to all gaming machine brands) to reduce the amount of issues that may arise from having your gaming machines off for weeks.
The main message is to NOT turn all EGM's back on at the same time as this can cause major faults.
How to remotely access your office PC
9 April 2020
Many of us now have the ability to perform a large number of our work tasks from the cloud, this has obvious benefits when we are on lock down and cannot get to our work PCs. Despite the cloud making it much easier to work from anywhere there will no doubt be files and programmes on your work PCs that you need to access during this lock down period.
Operational Update #2 from the Department of Internal Affairs
8 April 2020
Exercising leniency in relation to Regulations 10 and 11
Further to our update on 27 March 2020, we continue to monitor and assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the gambling sector.
To directly address issues relating to
Covid-19 Wage Subsidy - Important Changes for Employers
30 March 2020
The Government has announced some significant changes to the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy. These changes apply to any employer applying for the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy from 5pm on Friday 27 March 2020. These changes do not apply to employers who applied before 5pm on Friday 27 March 2020.
Operational Update from the Department of Internal Affairs
30 March 2020
Kia ora koutou,
DIA acknowledges the immediate pressures facing the gambling sector, as a result of the Government’s decision to move to a level 4 emergency response to COVID-19.
Minimum wage increases from 1 April 2020
26 March 2020
The adult minimum wage will increase $1.20 from $17.70 to $18.90 per hour on 1 April 2020.
The new rate equates to an extra $48 per week before tax for employees on a 40-hour working week.
The starting-out and training minimum wage rates will increase 96 cents from $14.16 to $15.12, and will remain at 80% of the adult rate.
25 March 2020
There is a lot of information being pumped out in the media, online and from almost anyone you talk to. It is a rapidly changing situation and we strongly recommend that clubs keep up to date by reviewing the information provided by the Ministry of Health which is monitoring 2019-nCoV closely and following guidance from the World Health Organisation.
Covid-19 Wage Subsidy and Self Isolation Support
18 March 2020
Wage subsidies will be available for all employers that are significantly impacted by COVID-19 and are struggling to retain employees as a result.
Wage subsidies will be available for businesses in all sectors and all regions that can show a 30 per cent decline in revenue for any month between January and June 2020 compared to the year before (including projected revenue).
Covid-19 Business cash flow and tax measures
18 March 2020
There are a number of business cash flow and tax measures that have been announced, including:There are a number of business cash flow and tax measures that have been announced, including:
Important information for Clubs accessing EMS reports - Security Change 18 March
11 March 2020
Back in December 2019 we shared information from the Department of Internal Affairs about web browsers (Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Firefox) dropping support for some of the old security methods.
The Department of Internal Affairs have now confirmed the date of the security change is Wednesday 18 March 2020.
HPA Clubs Toolkit launched for Club Licence Holders
11 March 2020
For the last 12 months HPA have been working to produce a Clubs Toolkit to support Club Licence holders and it is now available to download from the HPA website.
We are really excited to finally see a club specific resource produced for the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act. Keith was asked by HPA to provide feedback and assistance in pulling the resource together and we are confident that this is going to be of huge assistance to clubs
If you are still running windows 7, it is time to upgrade, heres how
3 March 2020
Microsoft have pulled support for Windows 7, so if your club still has computers running Windows 7, users will be getting messages to upgrade.
Not many people are aware as windows took down all their pages advertising this a year or two ago, but you can still use the upgrade assistant to get windows 10 for free. It does require that the computer hardware can support windows 10, but in most cases does allow an upgrade path without having to buy a new pc or pay for a Windows 10 licence.