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Statutory holidays will now enter automatically

Our developers have been working hard on making SmartPayroll easier and now we are very pleased to announce you can opt to have statutory holidays enter automatically saving you lots of time.

To turn on this new feature, click Company Details, choose Options from the menu on the left then tick “Auto-adjust pay packets for public holidays”.

Payroll seminars

In May we’ll be running another series of payroll seminars in the main centres to keep you well informed of upcoming changes. These seminars are different to any we’ve run before and will include:

  • New legislation changes for 2018 – what you must know!
  • Payday reporting to IRD and what that means for you.
  • 10 ways SmartPayroll is now even easier to use. We listened and we enhanced!
  • Keynote speaker – to be announced shortly.

We’ll be sending out invitations and more details soon but keep these dates free

Christchurch – 14th May 9.30am to 11.30 am
Wellington – 18th May 9.30am to 11.30 am
Tauranga – 30th May 1.30pm to 3.30 pm
Auckland – 31st May 9.15am to 1.00 pm

Minimum wage increase

When: 1 April 2018
What: The new minimum wage rates are:
Adult — $16.50 an hour
Starting-out — $13.20 an hour (up from $12.60)
Training — $13.20 an hour (up from $12.60)

Starting-out and training minimum wages are 80% of the adult minimum wage. Read our page on minimum pay rules for a summary of who can earn the different rates.

Why: The Government must by law review the minimum wage rates every year.

What you’ll need to do: If you’re a SmartPayroll customer, you will need to update the pay rate of any of your employees who are on a minimum wage. Payroll providers don’t automatically update the minimum wage because there are some circumstances where employees can be paid below the minimum wage. You and your staff can agree to any wage above the minimum rate. If your employment agreements are a few years old, you can use this as a chance to update them. Note that it is a legal requirement to have a written employment agreement with all your staff.

The SmartPayroll help desk is on standby if you need help with anything
– 0800 10 10 38.