April 17, 2020
If your reaction to yesterday’s description of Alert Level 3 was an awful sinking feeling, this Newsfeed is for you. For some industries and businesses you may be planning for how you can return to work if there is a change to Level 3 next week and there will be different information coming for you. For so many others you are reaching the realisation that whether it is Level 3 or 4, it will make minimal or no difference. You have done what you could to keep your staff through the last few weeks, but now you are out of options....
April 15, 2020
The government has not said what criteria will be used to determine if we come out of Alert Level 4, although a couple of the factors include the trend and number of new cases, and the source of new cases (community spread being the issue). We have also been told categorically that Alert Level 4 will not be lifted early. The government has however said they will tell us on Monday whether the Alert Level will change. Although not particularly helpful I can understand why. So we are going to have to prepare for all the different possibilities, and communicate this to our teams...
April 8, 2020
In short, there is no change to how you pay public holidays for Good Friday and Easter Monday. What may have changed is the rate you pay them at, and/or whether the day is now an otherwise working day for the employee. Here are the basics and the questions that may stem from that....
April 6, 2020
• Wage subsidy for vulnerable employees in essential services • Payment for Easter Public Holidays • Changes to the Companies Act; Please remember the changes have not yet been made to the Act, and the government has advised they will be retrospective to Friday 3 April. The temporary changes include:...
April 3, 2020
Yesterday afternoon Jacinda Ardern (who I think has been demonstrating incredible leadership qualities through this crisis), made a statement that riled me and in my view was irresponsible on a number of levels. It related to the publisher Bauer closing its business in NZ. Ardern appeared to make a dig at the company stating they were asked “if they could take up the wage subsidy. They refused.”
April 1, 2020
• Minimum Wage Increase 1 April • Changes to hours and pay must be agreed in writing • Wage claims can be backdated 6 years • Distributing the subsidy • Salary thresholds for Skilled Migrant Resident Visas and Essential Skills Work Visas
March 31, 2020
I have found the most difficult factor in making any decisions for my business is the uncertainty of how long the close down will continue and when it is lifted, how long will the economic recovery take, and what will customer demand be both in terms of volume and services required.