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IRD refund changes

IRD have removed the option to request an income tax refund by cheque and they will now issue refunds by direct credit where they have a valid bank account number on file. If IRD do not have a valid bank account number the refund will be issued by cheque. There are a couple of potential […]

Minimum Wage Increase

The adult minimum wage will increase from $14.25 to $14.75 an hour from 1 April 2015. The starting-out and training hourly minimum wages will increase by 40 cents to $11.80 an hour.

Mondayising Anzac & Waitangi Day

From Chapman Employment Relations: This year Anzac Day falls on a Saturday. Do you know how to pay your staff regardless of whether they work on Saturday 25th or not? To understand your obligations around these public holidays read on. From 1 January 2015 the public holiday for ANZAC Day and Waitangi Day will be […]

Working for Families 2016

If you receive weekly or fortnightly Working for Families payments and you or your spouse / partner have received business income (ie income other than wages and bank interest) you need to send IRD evidence of your business income for the 2015/16 year before 31 March 2015 or your payments will stop after this date. Your income evidence can […]

Child Support Changes

Child support laws will change from 1 April 2015 and if you’re paying or receiving child support you should have received your new assessment or entitlement by now. The formula that IRD uses to calculate child support now takes into account both parents income which in theory is a good thing, however the way it is […]

Chapman ER Top Picks for Must Have Interview Questions

Targeted interview questions tell you about the person behind the CV. They should help reveal the candidates true personality, strengths, weaknesses, knowledge, skills and abilities. You should always include questions that are specific to the position, however below are 11 suggestions that can be used across a variety of industries and position types.  1. From […]

IRD Compliance Focus for 2014-15

Inland Revenue tell us they want to make tax simpler, more open and more certain for everyone. One way they do that is by sharing their compliance focus, so that it’s clear for everyone the key areas they’re looking at and key things people need to do to get their tax and entitlements right. Now’s […]

Paid Parental Leave increase

Paid parental leave for a baby expected or born, or for a child adopted, on or after 1 April 2015 can now be taken for up to a maximum of 16 weeks (previously 14 weeks). This means if baby is expected before 1 April 2015, but arrives on or after 1 April 2015, parent(s) are entitled […]

Employment Law Changes

Significant changes took place to employment law in New Zealand on the 6th March 2015 when the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2014 will come into effect. Here is a brief summary of the main changes: Flexible work: the right to request flexible working arrangements will be extended to all employees and it will be easier to request by […]