Update on upcoming Class 4 consulation and the Integrated Gambling Platform

29 June 2016

The Department of Internal Affairs has recently released details of policy projects that they will be consulting on over the coming months. As always Clubs New Zealand will make submissions on behalf of member clubs, however individual clubs are encouraged to make submissions and provide feedback to the Department individually.

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Key Success Factors in Clubs

23 June 2016

Successful clubs are welcoming; they create a sense of belonging for a shared purpose.

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The dreaded price increase - what you need to consider

23 June 2016

Most clubs will be aware that the excise tax on alcohol is inflation adjusted at this time of year in line with the CPI and that often suppliers increase their prices as a result of the increased excise tax. Earlier this year most of the breweries notified venues of price increases largely due to the hop shortage taking place, it would appear that this earlier price increase factored in the excise tax adjustment and no further increases are planned at this stage . However with the price increases earlier this year clubs need to look closely at their own bar pricing.

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Steps to a template food control plan

22 June 2016

Recently the Ministry for Primary Industries has released guidance for setting up your food control plan. Most food service businesses can use a template food control plan to meet the requirements of the Food Act. MPIs new guide is an easy to follow step-by-step process so you can see what's involved.

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New Equipment Standard for Ticket-Out Payment Systems

16 June 2016

Last month the Department of Internal Affairs made a new equipment standard and additional amendments to the game rules to allow Cash-In-Ticket-Out (CITO) payment systems on Class 4 Gaming Machines. The standard and rules were notified in the New Zealand Gazette on 9 June 2016, and came into effect on 10 June 2016.

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ATM Machines are taking YOUR Money as well as giving it

10 June 2016

Onerous agreements and disgraceful clauses could spell financial ruin for some clubs. We read the fine print and so should you.

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Rest and Meal Breaks - What you need to know

9 June 2016

Many of you would have seen the recent article published on stuff.co.nz regarding the Napier cafe owner who docked an employee's pay for breaks she was never allowed to take. After failing to address the employees concerns The Authority ordered the cafe owner to pay the employee nearly $12,000 for lost wages, inappropriate pay deductions, hurt and humiliation, plus costs.

Given this recent case we thought it would be a great time to revisit the "tea break" law and what employers need to know.

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Parental Leave Changes

9 June 2016

On the 1st April 2016 a number of changes to employment legislation came into effect, including changes to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act which both extended the eligibility of employees who have an entitlement to parental leave and enhanced the entitlements to both payment and leave. The amendments to the Act also included a number of changes to the legislation which increases the flexibility around the taking of parental leave.

The Act provided for a number of terminology changes as follows:

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Update on the new Problem Gambling Levy Regulations

9 June 2016

The Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2016 have now been made and new problem gambling levy rates will apply from 1 July 2016.

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Due Diligence - inspecting what you expect

2 June 2016

Due diligence is about independently verifying a supplier's ability to deliver what you expect. Clubs New Zealand is often reminding members to ensure they perform due diligence before engaging a supplier or signing a contract, it's a matter of prudence and it's good business practice.

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Would your club pass a visit from a Mystery Shopper?

2 June 2016

In 2014 the Department of Internal Affairs initiated a Mystery Shopper campaign which was the first of its kind for the gambling regulator. We have heard word that another mystery shopper campaign is going to be conducted. As always we urge clubs to take a proactive approach to harm minimisation; waiting for an audit or mystery shopper to ensure you are compliant is not an option.

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Consultation opens on revised New Zealand Appendices to the Australian/New Zealand Gaming Machine Standard

2 June 2016

On the 12th of May the Department of Internal Affairs released information on the two-staged consultation process for the New Zealand Appendices (Casino and Class 4) to the Australian/New Zealand Gaming Machine National Standard.

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