Entries by Anna Patchett

The Minimum Wage Increases from 1 April 2018.

While the Government must review the Minimum Wage annually the new Government has already pledged to get it up to $20 per hour by 2020. The first step to this target is the increase that comes into effect from 1st April 2018 The new minimum wage rates are: Adult – $16.50 an hour Starting-out – $13.20 […]

Employment Relations Amendment Bill

The first wave of changes to legislation in the employment arena were announced last week. There was nothing unexpected, except for possibly the usefulness of NZ First to act as a hand brake for more widespread changes. One of Labour’s flagship policies was the abolition of the 90 day trial period. The great news for […]

AIM Method of Calculating Provisional Tax

Many of our clients may have seen or received information from IRD about the AIM method of Provisional Tax calculation This method will become available for use on 1st April 2018. We are not recommending it to our clients for the following reasons: Most SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) qualify to use Standard Provisional Payments without any Use […]

Personal Liability for Employment Breaches

Most business owners, directors, managers and employees are unaware that they can be personally liable for penalties and the payment of legislative entitlements. A person who incites, instigates, aids, or abets any breach of an employment agreement is personally liable for a penalty of $10,000 for each breach.

Get the IRD payment dates right

We would like to remind everyone to make sure that when you are making tax payments to IRD they check that you have selected the correct tax type (e.g. INC for Income Tax, GST for Goods & Service Tax, DED for employer Deductions that include Kiwisaver contributions as well as PAYE etc). Also, it’s very […]

Nelson Pine Industries Business Awards

At this year’s Nelson Pine Industries Business Awards hosted by the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce two of our clients won awards; Emma Heke won the Innovation Award for her range of specialty herbal teas and Shane & Annette McCrae from McCraes Blinds and Drapes were awarded a special Business Excellence Award in the large […]

Employer Owes $2.4 Million To Employees

In a recent investigation into wage payment irregularities at SOE Landcorp, the Labour Inspector found significant issues. The Inspector determined that over the last seven years Landcorp had been incorrectly calculating the entitlements of approximately 1,400 employees. There appear to be two main areas where Landcorp incorrectly calculated the entitlements: a) Landcorp did not include […]

Precinct Dining Co. Motueka

Motueka has had an important role in this region’s food industry for many years, primarily as a place food is grown and processed, but in recent times it has also become home to some wonderful eating establishments including Precinct Dining Co. Located on the corner of High Street and Greenwood St in part of the […]

“Confrontational” Parking Warden Ordered to Pay $11,500

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) ordered Yoon Cheol Hong to pay Auckland Transport (AT) $11,500 following a determination that found Mr Hong was not unjustifiably dismissed from his job as an Auckland Transport parking officer, neither was he unjustifiably disadvantaged before his dismissal. Mr Hong worked as a parking officer, patrolling Auckland city streets and […]

Paying contractors or working as a contractor

IRD’s latest update to tax agents includes some clarification around contractors and withholding tax. There is a misunderstanding that all contractors are now subject to withholding tax. This is not the case. The change is only for contractors hired by a labour hire business. From 1 April 2017, contractors working for a labour hire business […]