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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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....

Planning for a Return

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...

Paying Public Holidays

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....

Key Government Announcements

• 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:...

Wage Subsidy not a Panacea

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.”

Important Things to Keep in Mind

• 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

Cashflow Forecasts and Making the Hard Decisions

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.

Subsidy Requirement Changes

On Friday  afternoon the government announced some changes to the wage subsidy, and the declaration form the employer is required…

Important Criteria Clarification for Wage Subsidy

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has clarified this afternoon that if a business is claiming the COVID-19 wage subsidy, the workers…

Covid-19 Support Update

The Chapman ER team are available to support you as we continue to work from home. The Government is continually…

Paying Employees for Easter & Anzac Holiday

This year Anzac day will be Mondayised as it falls on a Saturday. Mondayisation only happens if the employee doesn’t…

Economic Rescue Package 

The Government has today announce a substantial economic rescue package in response to COVID -19. For businesses, there are certain…

Trends in Employment Law in 2019 and What’s New for 2020

During 2019, New Zealand employment law experienced many new reforms, which included changes to the 90 day trial period, rest…

Betcha Didn’t Know

It's not always about Employment Relations! On the lighter side, here are some fun facts that we bet you didn't…

Fraud Leads to Prison for Employee

From time to time we assist clients with situations where one of their employees is found to have misused or…

Probationary Periods

Do you have more than 20 employees? If your answer is yes, then you are not able to use a…

Christmas ‘What to Say When’

Q1. My employee sent a text to say they were sick on New Year’s Eve (31 December) and couldn’t come…

Legislation planned initiatives for 2020

The New Zealand Law Society notes that Parliament and government officials will expect a busy 2020, with a large number…

Work trials – Can you use them?

A Café worker was recently awarded $9000 for one day of ‘work’ when she was undertaking a work trial as…

Compensation For Employee Availability

An Employment Court decision has confirmed if employers want their employees to be available outside of their normal working hours,…

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