Holidays Act review paper published
posted on 30th August 2018
30 August 2018 - The Holidays Act Taskforce has released an Issues Paper (download here) which sets out the Taskforce's understanding regarding the key issues faced by employers, employees and payroll providers in trying to implement the Act. Submissions are invited on the questions raised in the Issues Paper by 12 October.
Problems with how the Holidays Act is understood and interpreted have led to several companies, including franchisees of some well-known brands, having been found to have under-paid staff. The Government has responded to calls to make complying with the Act easier for all concerned by setting up the Taskforce.
The Holidays Act 2003 sets out the minimum entitlements to holidays and leave, and payment for them, that employers are obliged to provide to their employees.
It is an Act that touches the lives of every employee in New Zealand. Its purpose is to promote balance between work and other aspects of employees’ lives by providing minimum entitlements to annual holidays, public holidays, sick leave and bereavement leave.
However, it has become evident in recent years that widespread non-compliance with the current Act is affecting employers and employees right across the New Zealand economyand is costing employers and employees significant sums of money.
To address this, in May 2018, the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety established a Taskforce to review the Holidays Act 2003 (the Act) and recommend changes.
The tripartite Taskforce, which includes employer, employee and government representatives, offers the opportunity to work together to find a better solution.