Here We Go Again: Lessons In Paying Staff During Lockdown

With Auckland going into lockdown again at Alert Level 3 from 12 August 2020, and the possibility of further periods of lockdown ahead, businesses around the country need to plan how to deal with staff if their operations are restricted. Here are some of the lessons from the first lockdown about your obligations to pay […]

Can You Still Use A 90-Day Trial Period?

By now you may be well aware that not all businesses can use the 90-day trial period law. Nowadays, a business can only enter into an employment agreement that includes a 90-day trial period if it has less than 20 employees. This change, which took effect from 6 May 2019, adds to the list of […]

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COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Questions

From 11:59pm on Wednesday, 25 March 2020, New Zealand’s alert status in response to the COVID-19 threat was lifted to Alert Level 4. During this period, New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of their household. This has left many employers with difficult decisions […]

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Must I Pay My Staff In A Pandemic?

COVID-19, the new coronavirus, is deadly. It is threatening the global economy, as countries impose restrictions on residents, and travel and commerce are disrupted. The New Zealand Government has announced unprecedented measures to assist affected businesses. These may cushion the blow. But for many businesses, tough decisions will remain – including how you deal with […]

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4 Types of Payments for Public Holidays

Working out what to pay staff on a public holiday can send you into a tailspin. Do I pay them or not? And if I pay them, how much? Actually, working this out is simple. You just have to answer a couple of questions about each employee. 2 QUESTIONS AND 4 CATEGORIES Two factors determine […]

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Your First Employee

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and hire your first employee. Ideally, your employees should make your business life easier. Good staff can really help spread the load. You should also know that employing others comes with certain responsibilities. After all, it’s called an employment relationship. You’re making a serious commitment to someone. What […]