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Changes to Minimum Wage on 1st of April

In January this year, the Government announced an increase in the minimum wage. The minimum wage will increase by 50 cents to $15.75 per hour on the 1st of April 2017. The starting-out and training minimum wage rates will increase as well, from $12.20… Read More

Free Payroll Seminars

The team here at SmartPayroll have been very busy over the last two weeks with our free payroll seminars that were held in Wellington, Christchurch, Tauranga and Auckland. Attendees in at the Tauranga Payroll seminar picking up useful advice on employment legislation. We had an amazing turnout in all centres,… Read More

Reminder on Zero Hour Contracts

Zero Hour Contract Reminder In April 2016 the Government passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2016 which saw a number of changes in employment law, including legislating against the use of “Zero-hour” contracts in employment agreements. A Zero-hour contract is where an employee is required to be available… Read More

Paying Staff on Waitangi Day 2017

Waitangi Day 2017 Monday February 6th 2017 is the public holiday Waitangi Day.  If the Employee works on any part of a public holiday the Employee will be paid time and a half for the actual hours worked. *(see below for the exact definition)… Read More

Holidays & Paying Staff over the Xmas period

Christmas & New Year Public Holidays Employees should be paid for any Christmas and New Year’s public holiday that falls on a day which the employee would otherwise be working (this includes employees who are on a ‘closedown’ period). Under Mondayisation legislation,… Read More