New Government, New Employment Laws, More Costs for Employers

16 November 2017

With the coalition deals now signed off and the new Government officially sworn in, it's time to dissect the proposed changes and what they will mean for businesses.

Already announced is the intention to increase the minimum wage to $20 per hour by April 2021, starting with an increase to $16.50 per hour in April 2018.

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Are your employment records up to scratch?

8 November 2017

Since last July labour inspectors have issued more than $370,000 in fines and more than 130 infringement notices to businesses who have failed to keep or maintain employee records. Those numbers look likely to increase if the Labour Government moves forward in doubling the number of labour inspectors over the next three years. Unsurprisingly it is the hospitality and horticulture industries which are tagged as the worst record keeping offenders.

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Workplace Health and Safety Audits

8 November 2017

There has been some word that clubs have been approached by various health and safety providers making claims that clubs must undertake health and safety audits in order to be compliant. The clubs we have spoken to have been told that if they fail to sign up for the companies audit they are in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act and will be liable for large fines.

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Club Managers Conference - Burgers, Beers and Bowls with Micheal Van De Elzen

2 November 2017

Registrations for the 2017 Club Management Conference have now closed and we are looking forward to seeing you all in just a few weeks at the Club Mount Maunganui.

The conference will be kicking off with a fun afternoon of sunshine, burgers and bowls - with a special presentation and cooking demo from internationally renowned and TVNZ's The Food Truck Chef, Micheal Van De Elzen.

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Clubs need to be preparing for the Minimum Wage increases now

2 November 2017

One of the first major announcements to come from the new coalition Government was the commitment to increasing the minimum wage to $20 an hour by 2021, which will be kicked off with an increase from the current minimum wage of $15.75 to $16.50 as of 1 April 2018.

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Menu Makeover

2 November 2017

While your gaming floor offering, decor, location, layout and employees are all important factors contributing to attracting new customers and retaining regular patrons, there's one other pressing factor that should not be overlooked; your food. With tastes, trends and demographics constantly changing venues need to find ways to spruce up their menu to capture different target markets, increase profitability and improve a venue's overall appeal.

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Clubs New Zealand Nominations for Office 2018-20 are Open

25 October 2017

Nomination for the Clubs New Zealand 2018-2020 Board Positions are open and need to be returned to National Office by 20th January 2018.

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Christmas and New Year Public Holiday Entitlements 2017/18

25 October 2017

You should now be preparing for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays and ensuring you are aware of your employee’s public holiday entitlements.

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

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Invitation to special food safety workshop - win a free promotional video

20 October 2017

MPI warmly invites all clubs who sell food to a free workshop on 30 October to help create and test food safety resources.

MPI is developing a ‘Toolbox’ filled with resources to make it easy for food businesses to understand and meet food safety rules.

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Health and Safety - Robberies

19 October 2017

No matter where you look at the moment media is reporting that small businesses across the country are being targeted for armed robberies, occurrences of this are increasing and it seems like a new incident is being reported on a daily basis.

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Gambling Compliance - 13 October 2017

19 October 2017

Regional forums to be held early 2018

A Gambits article on May 2 mentioned forthcoming regional sector forums in 2017. The Department was planning on holding these in November; however we have decided that it would be more appropriate to hold these in early 2018.

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Update from Bryan Ferguson - Clubs New Zealand President

12 October 2017

As time goes by my enthusiasm for the role as President hasn’t changed. I have met and continue to meet great people as I travel around the country attending various meetings and functions. On the whole clubs seem to be in good spirits although I acknowledge this year has been tougher than previous years.

Our new manager in the South Island Keith Ballantyne who started with us mid-September will make a difference. Nothing beats having people on the ground helping with day to day issues in clubs and Keith’s experience will help as has Dave’s continues to do in the North. At the time of writing this Keith is travelling the South visiting member clubs so I am looking forward to getting an update on the health of our member clubs down there.

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Get your hands on the future

With the Clubs New Zealand App

Get your hands on the future with Clubs New Zealand's App which can be downloaded on both Apple and Android.  The Clubs New Zealand App is all about helping you get more out of your membership. As a member of a club you can access any of our network of 300 member clubs as a reciprocal visitor and visiting a club is a breeze with the new digital membership card.

 

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