The Solomon Islands ranks among the 30 poorest countries in the world.
Congratulations to Tony, Vanessa and everyone at Downing Creative and thanks for the work you do for us and for trusting us as your financial advisers
Bed & Breakfast Association New Zealand and Vision Insurance are pleased to announce Bellbird Lodge, Kaiteriteri, owned by Anthea & Brian Harvey, has been awarded the 2019 Supreme B&B Business of the Year.
R&D Student ‘Experience’ grants support students and recent graduates, by funding businesses to engage a student in a R&D activity, giving them the work and technical experience, and in exchange a business will receive new talent, capabilities & fresh thinking to assist you with your R&D endeavours.
There are numerous cloud suppliers including firms like Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Xero, One Net, Spark etc. The list is huge and ranges from giant companies to quite small, niche operators. It’s estimated that by 2019 83% of data traffic will be cloud based (currently it’s at 65%).
The proposed changes to residential property losses will once they are enacted likely to apply from 1 April 2019
Limit of Liability is considerably less than the $36m awarded. Therefore the directors are likely to be personally liable for any shortfall.
The Internal Affairs Minister, Tracey Martin recently announced the government will review how FENZ is funded, seeking to move away from collecting funds via insurance.
My employee has said he won’t be coming in on the Tuesday but I need him to work. He is a permanent employee who normally works on a Tuesday. What can I say?
Many New Zealanders are using accommodation websites such as Airbnb, Bookabach or similar to host guests in their homes for a little extra income or to assist with mortgage repayments. However, inviting strangers into your home can bring added risks, and insurers, and brokers alike, are encouraging property owners to make sure their home is safe and protected when listed.
Business Systems Software Specialist and Consultant Emily Thompson is a business systems and software superstar. Using Xero accounting software and other add on software platforms, she can design a software solution for your business, implement the systems, then train you and your staff. She supports businesses within the Nelson/Tasman region and throughout New Zealand with […]
The ir-file service in myIR will be discontinued on 11th March. That means if you file your February Employer Returns online before 11th March, you can file under ir-file as you do now. If you file after the 11th March you need to use ‘payroll returns’ account in the Business tab section of myIR. March […]
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A recent personal grievance case between Philipa Johnson and the National Business Review (NBR) resulted in a win for the employee, which actually ended in a financial loss for her when all was said and done. The Employment Relations Authority determined the employee was unjustifiably dismissed. However, the sting in the tail for the employee […]
What’s changing? You need to file employment information more frequently When does it start? 1 April 2019 You can switch early, but most software and paper returns are not available until 1 April 2019 What is payday info? Employment information, similar to the current employer monthly schedule When do I file it? […]
Recently WorkSafe announced that it will ‘typically only investigate bullying and harassment claims where there is diagnosis of serious mental harm’. This significantly limits the complaints they will investigate. Although the clear acknowledgement of this is new, it is consistent with WorkSafe’s actions to date. WorkSafe has never prosecuted anyone for bullying, despite receiving over […]
Our client, Emma Heke, is featured in the NZ Lifestyle Block magazine this month. With great photography by Daniel Allen this article tells Emma’s story about making teas from her home in Nelson. Buy your copy to find out more about this very successful small business making its mark in NZ and click here to […]
I first met Carol Shirley, the owner of Gourmet Catering, many years ago when she took over running the café at the old Maitai Bowling Club at the bottom of Trafalgar St, she made delicious food for members of the club as well as members of the RSA and City Clubs that shared the bowling club’s […]
Below is the first in our series of one liners we use in response to challenging behaviours. We hope they come in handy for your own work situations. If you have any of your own that work please email them in and we can include them. Passive Aggressive Colleagues We have a passive aggressive person on […]
There will be significant implications for many employers following a recent Employment Court Case. If your employees attend training, meetings, work functions or travel for work purposes you may need to reconsider how you pay them. The case involved the Smiths City Group. Every morning prior to opening, the sales manager at each of their […]
New Zealand has signed up to the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) – a global OECD initiative to combat tax evasion. Inland Revenue has been running an AEOI awareness campaign since 9th June 2018 with a primary focus of this campaign being to generate awareness among New Zealand tax residents most likely to have offshore […]
Some time ago New Zealand has passed a law called the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT). The purpose of the law reflects New Zealand’s commitment to the international initiative to counter the impact that criminal activity has on people and economies within the global community. The first sector required to […]
We have seen an increased occurrence of employees resigning and then raising a PG, stating that their resignation was constructive dismissal and unjustified. In many instances they haven’t previously raised their concerns with their employer or the issues raised appeared minor with the employer believing each was addressed at the time as no further concern […]
The old saying that nice things come in small packages couldn’t be more apt in the case of another client who has been successful, this time at the 2018 Retail Hotlist Awards. The very small shop in Church Street that is home to Volume – The Space for Books belies the stature of this perfect […]
We are delighted our client, Hopgood’s & Co, has had huge success at the Silver Fern Awards. They were named Best Restaurant in New Zealand, Aaron Ballantyne was named as the Best Head Chef and they won the award for Best Dish in the competition. Think about all those top restaurants in Auckland and from […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This article was published on the 2nd November by Chapman ER and sets out some of the employment related financial issues employers are going to face under the new Labour Government. We recommend you stay up-to-date on matters that effect employers by subscribing to the Chapman ER newsfeed by clicking here and completing the request […]
Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on a Monday this year with Boxing Day and the Day after New Year’s falling on a Tuesday. Labour Day is always on a Monday and falls on 23 October this year. If you are unsure how your employees should be paid over these statutory holidays, first refer […]
In recent months there has been a huge increase in the number of scam emails being sent purporting to be from IRD. Some are very realistic (see example below). If you get any emails like this DO NOT click on the links in the email or reply to it, you could be downloading a nasty […]
Harbour Light Bistro on Wakefield Quay may not be hanging over the water but the views are spectacular from the elevated dining room where diners at every table can be entranced by the environment as well as the wonderful food. I remember when Buzz Falconer set up the restaurant many years ago and while it […]
The sole director and shareholder of Direct Auto Importers and Cheap Deals on Wheels, Vishaal Sharma, had claimed that his employees were contractors and had denied owing them their minimum entitlements. Following a Labour Inspectorate investigation however, the Labour Inspectorate disagreed. The failure to categorise his employees correctly resulted in fines of $65,000 to his […]
This is a column written by Neil Hodgson and first published in the Nelson Mail, about one of our clients Emma Heke and her business Heke Homemade Herbals. These herbal teas have become firm favourites in our office and we think you should try them too. I have known Emma Heke for many years, I have always […]
There are two main changes to parental leave payments that have taken effect as of 1 June 2017. The start of the parental leave payment Employees may use up their leave entitlements prior to the start of their 18-week parental leave payments starting, even if this takes them past the baby’s arrival. Leave entitlements include […]
You may have seen the recent IRD advertising campaign about changes to provisional tax. We think the ads are misleading. There are no changes to who is required to pay provisional tax, a tax payer will still be required to pay provisional tax if your tax at the end of the previous year was more […]
The matter of how Tax Agents, particularly tax refund companies has been raised in the media again and the most recent article comes with a warning about how your refund could be paid into their bank account even if you do your own tax return online. At Savage & Savage we never receive client tax […]
The purpose of the Privacy Act 1993 is to promote and protect individual privacy – in particular to establish principles on: collection, use, and disclosure of information relating to individuals and access by individuals to information held about them. Below are some common misconceptions and facts about your Privacy, rights and requirements courtesy of the Privacy Commissioner NZ. Q 1. True […]
We encourage you to update your employment agreements immediately as last years amendments to the Employment Relations Act are due to come into force for existing employees very soon. The new requirements, which relate to working hours, cancellation of shifts and restrictions on secondary employment, will apply from 1 April, 2017. The wording of some […]
IRD have released a Statement considering the deductibility of expenses relating to a farmhouse that forms part of a farming business. The general rules of deductibility and apportionment applies, ie you will be able to claim a percentage based on values and usage. However, the minimum deduction of 25% for all farmers has been reduced to, […]
Yes, it’s that time of year again – the tax refund companies are back advertising! Remember, if you are a client of ours, that we automatically check your tax situation so will advise you if there are any refunds due. These tax refund companies take a percentage of any refund due. So, if you have […]
Employer monthly schedules and ir-files filed with IRD are based on the payment date of the pay run (not the pay period end date). After you have finalised the last pay for March and printed your end of year reports (make sure this includes leave liabilities/balances), go ahead and file your ir-file with IRD as […]
IRD will again be sending reminder letters or texts to some entities with tax to pay on the 7th April. This means you may receive two payment notifications, one from us and one from IRD for the same payment. Please follow the instructions on the email/letter received from Savage & Savage.
A migrant worker who was forced to pay her employer a premium to secure herself a job has been awarded $42,813 by the Employment Relations Authority. Kapilaben Patel was employed as a chef by Curry Pot on Lincoln Ltd for three years from 2011 until mid- 2014. The ERA found that Patel and her husband […]
Inland Revenue is improving their GST online services. While the update takes place, all IRD systems will be unavailable from 3pm on Thursday 2 February until 8am on Tuesday the 7 February. You will not be able to access any myIR online services or contact IRD through their call centers. The system update will cause draft […]
The Government have announced that the minimum wages will increase by 50 cents to $15.75 an hour from 1 April 2017.
Natalie Cornelius was employed as a crew member in a café in Napier. She became concerned by her employer’s practice of deducting 30 minutes wages from her pay each day. This was allegedly to cover breaks which she is adamant she was never allowed to take. Ms Cornelius tried to raise her concerns in writing […]
Barbican Training Centre is an organisation we love to recommend to our clients, they provide outstanding training for people new to business or those who want to improve their business management and IT skills. The popular no fee, 36 week, ‘Certificate in Small Business Management’ is starting again in March 2017. The programme is designed […]
Did you know, that anyone working in return for food and accommodation is likely to be an employee? This means they are entitled to the same minimum employment rights as a paid employee and you need to register as an Employer, file Employer forms with IRD and pay PAYE, check they are allowed to work […]
IRD have recently clarified their position on gifts of food and drink, ie hampers, Christmas ham etc, and these gifts now fall under the Entertainment rule and are only 50% deductible as there is a private benefit. It makes no difference whether the gift is to staff, suppliers or customers. Gifts other than food and […]
A recent change to the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 now enables councils to decide whether shops in their district can open on Easter Sunday. The change is from Easter 2017, depending on each individual council. We will update you closer to the time with our councils’ local policies. For employers who plan to open on Easter […]
Most people instinctively understand the concept of values, after all we all have them, but most people tend to think of them as something that relates to a person and not an organisation. However, many successful businesses and organisations, across a range of sectors, are successfully using organisational values as a base to improve the […]
IRD are continuing to focus on cash jobs among builders and other tradespeople. They are looking into record keeping and tax compliance in these industries with the most recent focus being on Christchurch. It’s never too late to voluntary disclose income that might not have been declared previously in your tax returns. A voluntary disclosure […]
Here are five of the most common slip ups employers have been making recently. 1. Not having your employee sign the employment agreement prior to starting is liable to result in problems including: a. Any 90 day trial period clause would be void b. Terms and conditions could be difficult to enforce and costly to negotiate after […]
Once again we are delighted to be able to sponsor a show at the 22nd annual Nelson Arts Festival. The show we are sponsoring this year is Songs For The Fallen, described as “An outrageous, corset-busting cabaret about a woman who knew one thing: good girls don’t make history. Paris in 1847. Marie Duplessis – […]
A number of changes to the eligibility criteria for the KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant took effect on 1 August 2016. The key changes are: House price caps The existing house price caps will be increased by $50,000 to the new levels of $400,000, $500,000 and $600,000. (See fact sheet for details) These house price caps are to […]
The Suter staff are getting ready to move back to the original home of the gallery beside the Queen’s Gardens. It is an exciting time for everyone involved in the redevelopment and the fruition of many years of hard work, planning, designing and building a new home for the region’s treasured works of art. The Suter will […]
Q. My employee has resigned without giving notice. Can I deduct an amount equivalent to their notice from their final pay? Click here to find the answer. Q. Do I have to keep leave records for each of my employees? Click here to find the answer. Q. Can an employee be entitled to public holidays after their […]
IRD have developed a new website called ‘Changing for You’ which outlines IRD’s ideas on how managing your tax may become simpler for small businesses in the future Please visit www.changingforyou.ird.govt.nz to have a look as IRD would appreciate your feedback on the site
It is obvious to most when we receive emails from someone purporting to have $250 million waiting for us to collect that it is a scam email and we just hit the delete key, however scammers are getting much more creative. An article in the June issue of Consumer about a builder’s email account being hacked, an […]
Below is a recent article from the Nelson Mail about one of our clients, Vortex Spas making a very generous donation to help local kids. Photo is courtesy of Nelson Mail & Fairfax Media Congratulations Andrew, what a great initiative. A generous donation from a local business has helped Victory Primary School provide food for disadvantaged pupils. […]
The Ultimate Team Leader This workshop is our most popular and develops your team leaders and supervisors in areas that enable them to be better than average; they can become the ultimate team leader. Date: Wednesday 15 June 2016 Venue: Chapman Employment Relations, 56 Waimea Road, Nelson Time: 9am – 12.30pm Cost: $265 + GST (discounts apply for […]
Something you may not be aware of is just how much information about companies is freely available public information. The information about all companies on the Companies Office website includes Company number and date the company was formed Shareholder names, addresses and number of shares held (not value) Director names and addresses Documents filed for a […]
Tax Refund Services are advertising heavily at the moment. Rest assured, that if you are a client of ours that we prepare tax return(s) for, we will calculate your tax refund/payment due. If you believe you are owed a tax refund for past years, before you became a client but within the last 5 years, we can […]
If you operate a business that requires your employees or yourself to be mobile or work remotely from home, then you may be familiar with the unique challenges this can present. With the advanced technology available; companies cutting back on expensive office space and overheads; employees demanding more flexible working arrangements and wasted hours spent […]
The Government has recently announced a proposal to change the way provisional tax is calculated and paid. The new method is called the Accounting Income Method and is based on accounting income per a business’ software and payments would be made more regularly throughout the year. Implementation is not due until 1 April 2018, so we […]
The Employment Standards Legislation Bill which came into effect on 1 April 2016 brings some changes to Parental Leave, including: Parental leave payment period extended to 18 weeks Parental leave payment extended to non-standard workers and those who have recently changed jobs Entitlements extended to a wider range of permanent arrangement carers with primary responsibility of […]
The 1 April 2016 legislative changes also address the zero hour contracts and includes changes to hours of work commitments and what employers can expect from employees and aims to increase certainty for both parties. When the employer and the employee agree to hours of work, those hours must be stated in the employment agreement […]
With the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 now in force, it is a good time to review workplace practices and the roles of its’ people. Following is a brief summary and links to where you can find out more about the details. The aim of the new Act is to improve New Zealand’s woeful health […]
The case background A Wanganui care worker with almost 30 years’ experience was sacked when a frail and elderly man she looked after claimed he felt “unsafe, neglected and scared” by her. The man says the worker, Tuahine Hansen, would order him to make her cups of tea and do housework. Mrs Hansen claims the […]
The Government announced that the adult minimum wage will go up by 50 cents to $15.25 an hour from 1 April 2016. The starting-out and training hourly minimum wages rates will also increase from $11.80 to $12.20 per hour from 1 April 2016.
Paid parental leave will increase from 16 to 18 weeks in April. To be eligible for this increase, the baby must be due or born on or after 1 April 2016. If you have pregnant employees due on or after 1 April, who intend to take parental leave, check they’re aware of the: increase in the […]
This Employment Relations Authority case is based on a sad set of background facts, but demonstrates when an employer can deem a resignation as exactly that. Corrine Tribe had only been working for her employer for four weeks when she was diagnosed with cancer, advised her tongue would need to be removed and other tissue […]
It’s something employers everywhere worry about; an employee uses their customer details and other business information for their own financial gain which also negatively impacts their business. In one case recently the Employment Relations Authority found an employee, Michael Mitchell, had breached his duty of good faith and fidelity to his employer, Nova Energy. Mr […]
Barbican Training Centre is an organisation we love to recommend to our clients, they provide outstanding training for people new to business or those who want to improve their business management and IT skills Their 2016 training menu is ready to go with information and enrollment sessions starting NOW! Their programmes are still FREE and are […]
As the clock ticks ever closer to the 4th April 2016, we should all be preparing our farm business models, and educating ourselves and our staff as to how each workplace will meet compliance with the recently passed new Health & Safety law – The Health & Safety at Work Act. Across the whole rural […]
From the 1st April stringent new rules come into force with regards Health & Safety in the Workplace. This is something that affects every business, even our office based business, so you need to make sure you understand the new legislation and take steps to ensure your workplace is a safe environment for you and […]
Each year IRD target a few specific issues relating to tax payer compliance, carrying out investigation and audit activities to recover unpaid tax and penalties. For every $1 spent by Inland Revenue on compliance focus activities they are recovering approximately $8 from non-compliant tax payers. In the next year they will receive a funding boost […]
From 28 October 2015 all New Zealand companies must have at least one director who lives in New Zealand, or who lives in Australia and is a director of an Australian registered company. We have been working with our clients to help ensure these requirements are met. However, if your situation changes, for example you […]
The new bright line test for buying and selling residential property has been passed into law. The rule says that you’ll pay tax on the profits when you buy and sell a residential property within two years, unless: it’s your main home and you have used it as your main home for 50% or more […]
Update kindly provided by Chapman ER. The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 has been passed into law and will come into effect on 4 April 2016. WorkSafe NZ want to see a 25% reduction in NZ’s workplace serious injuries, illnesses and fatalities by 2020. If Australia’s improvements are any indication on what we might […]
Cyber attacks, like email hacks, computer viruses and misuse of credit card details are getting more and more common. Research shows that 8 in 10 New Zealanders have experienced a cyber attack of some kind. By taking the following steps you could stop hackers getting through and reduce the impact if any do sneak through. […]
We see many employers who decide to close down or sell their business and haven’t realised their good faith obligations extend to consulting with their employees before they make the final decision. In a recent case a Whangarei woman whose employment was terminated because the business was closing down has been awarded more than $6000 for humiliation and other entitlements because she […]
Even in Nelson, the place we love to call home and where we own businesses, or work and play there are people who miss out on some of the very basic things many of us take for granted – like food on the table! The Nelson organisations who provide precious food to those who need […]
If you have moved to New Zealand from another country you should be aware of the concession IRD put in place whereby taxpayers who transferred their foreign superannuation interests to New Zealand and did not address the taxation implications were given the opportunity to include 15% of the amount transferred in their 2014 or 2015 Tax […]
From the 1st October 2015 new rules come in to force surrounding the buying and selling of property in New Zealand, including a new test designed to catch and tax individuals making profits from the sale of properties that they have owned for only a short period of time. From October 1 all NZ residents […]
Accounting software company Xero have announced they will be increasing their subscription prices come 1st December 2015 to help support the ongoing development and innovation of their software. What this means for Xero users is that most will be required to increase their monthly subscription payments from between $2-5 (plus GST) per month – depending […]
Employers must know what these provisions are or risk personal grievances or prosecutions 1. Advice of rights Employers must advise employees of their entitlements under the Act and that information is available from the union if they are a member, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). To show this has been done […]
Once again Savage & Savage Chartered Accountants are sponsoring a show at this outstanding festival. This year we have sponsored a show called The Wine Project. “Recently returned from a sell-out season in Edinburgh, Java Dance Company captures audiences with dance theatre that clambers in to your senses. Sarah Copeland began fermenting this new work […]
Nelson College student M’Chakkapong Klahan has once again been part of a winning team at the secondary schools culinary challenge for the third year in a row. He and team mate Louis Clarke won a Gold medal at this year’s challenge finals. Mentored by Kevin Hopgood at Hopgood’s Restaurant where he works part-time M’Chakkapong is obviously […]
You are aware of an issue with an employee but are unsure how to deal with it – is it a performance issue or a disciplinary issue? Does it even matter? Yes, it matters. There are two distinct processes – one for managing poor performance and one for dealing with bad behaviour – and it […]
The following article was published in the Nelson Mail earlier this month and features a client of Savage & Savage. It is a story we think is worth sharing again. Nicola’s Cantina, or just ‘Nicola’s’ as everyone calls it, has very quickly become a favourite dining spot for food lovers in the region. Mexican food […]
Anthea and Brian Harvey of Bellbird Lodge, Kaiteriteri are congratulated by Nick James, Chairman of the Nelson-Tasman Bed & Breakfast Association, on receiving their award. Local couple and clients of Savage & Savage, Anthea and Brian Harvey from Bellbird Lodge in Kaiteriteri, were surprised and honored to be presented with a Special Award at the annual conference […]
As you may have seen in the Media coverage the Health and Safety Reform Bill has been reported back to Parliament which has made some improvements and clarifications. The Health and Safety Reform Bill will replace the old Health and Safety Act and is part of a number of changes aimed at reducing New Zealand’s […]
Health & Safety Reform Bill delay: The proposed law changes to workplace health and safety have been delayed for at least two months because of concerns within the National Party caucus about its effect on small businesses and farmers. The main areas being reconsidered are believed to be: Exemptions for businesses with 20 staff or […]
More detail in Companies Office annual returns From 1 July, annual returns to the Companies Office must include extra information about company directors so if we manage your annual company return we will be asking you for extra information. The following is from a recent Business Insider Newsletter from www.business.govt.nz : Filing an annual return will […]
Anna McClure was our Business Banking Manager for a number of years when she worked at the ANZ Bank. We had a great relationship with her and were sad to see her leave the bank however we are delighted she is now working for a local business finding solutions for both personal and business finance. […]
We are big supporters of the Kenbe La Foundation and Purple Cake day. The team has a great deal to offer you this year. Here’s what they have to for you: We’re from the Purple Cake Day children’s charity. Are you or your staff planning to see the World of WearableArt Awards Show in Wellington this […]
Employment news kindly provided by Chapman ER A top coach made redundant from Swimming New Zealand after a poor performance at the Commonwealth Games has lost his claim of unjustifiable dismissal. Funding of Swimming New Zealand’s High Performance programme is dependent on success measured by Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The most transparent of those measures […]
Congratulatoins to our client, Hopgood’s Restaurant. It has been a great week for Kevin and Jane, their head chef Aaron and their staff. Not only were they named as runner up for the Best Regional Restaurant Award at this year’s Cuisine restaurant Awards but they were awarded the region’s first Chef’s Hat, the New Zealand […]
IRD are now only paying refunds you may be due for into a bank account, they are no longer issuing cheques. This means it is vital we have your correct bank account number on record for the account you want refunds paid to. Please ensure you advise us of the preferred bank account number(s) when you deliver your […]
IRD are currently looking at tax free allowances paid to employees and whether they are actually tax free. To be a tax free allowance it has to be a reimbursement of an employment related expense, this can be actual cost or a reasonable estimate (however if it includes a portion above the employment related cost […]
The ANZ offer a range of FREE workshops that are open to every business, ANZ customer or not. The next workshop free business training workshop is designed to help you understand how you can best make use of the internet to grow your business Today more people find products and services online than through traditional […]
This article is sourced from Chapman ER Unlike this classic joke, gossip can be anything but funny when it happens in your workplace. It can undermine morale and cause loss of productivity. Regardless of the nature of the gossip, the following tips can help deal with the issue. The first few suggestions apply to leadership […]
The following article about one of our clients, Hopgoods Restaurant was written by Neil Hodgson and published in the Nelson Mail at the end of April in his regular Taste of Nelson Column. We think it is a story worth sharing again. Hopgood’s Restaurant or as everyone calls it ‘Hopgood’s’ is a restaurant you can […]
You will most likely have seen the item on the news lately about IRD targeting cash jobs in some areas of Auckland and while IRD are concentrating on Auckland they will not be ignoring other parts of New Zealand and they certainly are looking at certain industries such as construction, hospitality and similar industries where […]
Congratulations to Rebecca Coram, one of our Senior Accountants, on attaining full membership to the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. Rebecca has worked very hard to achieve this goal and we are all very proud of her.
ANZAC Day this year is on Saturday 25th April and this is the first year ANZAC Day has fallen on a weekend since the observance of the day has been ‘Mondayised’. This can be a bit complicated so here is a quick and hopefully easy to understand summary. If you are usually open on a […]
Ready to take the next step in business? This programme is designed for owners and managers of businesses that want to ramp up their business. Are you Ready to grow your business now for FREE? This FREE part-time 24 week programme gives you time to work “on your business”. It’s designed for serious business owners […]
From Chapman Employment Relations latest newsletter: The Human Rights Tribunal’s decision that NZCU Bayside breached the privacy of their previous employee Karen Hammond was not a surprise. The level of compensation however was staggering. The awarding of $168k compensation, surpassed the previous highest award by an astonishing $128k. The company admitted to the breach, but […]
The Framing Rooms are looking for expressions of interest in their second Collectible Art Sale. It will feature New Zealand Artists and include traditional and contemporary work. Their aim is to gather together a dynamic mix of artworks that people find exciting and that they would love to own. They are able to exhibit up to 40 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
Due to planned system changes all IRD services will be unavailable from 6 am Saturday 15 November to 6 pm Sunday 16 November. This includes myIR, B2B and the contact centres.
There is currently a phishing email (again) being sent out that claims to be from Inland Revenue. It suggests you have a tax refund due and a link to click on. Do not click on any links, as this in itself may trigger a virus download. Inland Revenue will never send an email that asks […]
The following was originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald but we think it applies to every business no matter where it is located. Sins – every business owner is guilty of them now and again. But which deadly sins could bring your business down? If there was a small business bible, these would surely […]
IRD have announced that major changes are being made to the child support scheme, starting next year. These changes are the first major overhaul of the child support scheme in 20 years. They reflect that life has changed a lot for families during this time. Currently child support payments are based on the paying parent’s […]
You are likely to have seen the recent news coverage about the arrest, at the airport, of Terry Seripisos when he arrived back in New Zealand after being overseas for a number of months. It appears his arrest was for unpaid Child Support payments he was supposed to pay several years ago. While most people […]
From 1 October 2014 you’ll need to make sure Inland Revenue receives your payment on or before the due date to avoid penalties and interest. Posting it on the due date is no longer good enough; IRD must have your payment on or before the due date.
Employment matters with thanks to Chapman Employment Relations An employee had applied for annual leave to go overseas, but I turned it down because I already have two staff off at that time. He has come back to me and said he is going anyway. I am really angry about his attitude and I really […]
To be treated as a New Zealand Tax Resident an individual needs to be in NZ for 183 days in a 12-month period or have a permanent place of abode. There has been some recent development around the issue of permanent place of abode to establish New Zealand Tax Residency. If you are leaving NZ […]
Employment matters with thanks to Chapman Employment Relations Are you looking to possibility of exiting an employee who is not attending work often enough (or at all), due to injury or ill health? Read here to learn about four common mistakes that are made in the process of medical incapacity. Not meeting with the employee […]
There’s been quite a bit of publicity in the media about how, for the 2014/2015 financial year, Companies and Partnerships will be able to have simpler (and therefore cheaper) Annual Accounts prepared. Unfortunately the reality is a little different. It is true that the reporting requirements will be less for some fairly large Companies compared […]
Health & Safety in the workplace rules and regulations are changing. The Health & Safety at Work Act is currently open for submissions and the proposed changes are significant. WorkSafe NZ is the new regulator and this organization has already been established, the proposed new Act provides wide ranging powers to WorkSafe NZ and includes […]
Employment matters with thanks to Chapman Employment Relations Q. What can void 90 Day Trial Period? Answer: o If the employee has previously worked for you (or a subsidiary). o If the employee was not given a written employment agreement before commencing employment. Once they have started work they are considered an employee and so […]
With Barbican Training Centre Increasing productivity is what keeps you ahead of the pack. It’s what keeps you afloat when the others are sinking. But staying productive can be a real challenge. At the end of the day, there’s a good chance that you are not satisfied with what’s been accomplished. If that’s the case, […]
Obviously it is fine for you to become a director of a company you own. Becoming a director does come with responsibilities but as long as you operate within the law and meet your obligations as a director everything should run quite smoothly. Do note however that the responsibility for a company trading within the […]
Employment matters with thanks to Chapman Employment Relations Misrepresentation by a job applicant is a serious matter, but you still need to get the procedure right when managing the situation. Mr Richardson was employed by Fonterra as a Tanker Driver. Prior to employment Mr Richardson was asked if he had any previous criminal convictions, he […]
We recently received the following notice from IRD “Changes to the Inland Revenue payment service at Westpac From 1 October 2014 customers will no longer be able to make cheque payments or drop off returns or forms at a Westpac branch. They will be able to continue making cash and eftpos payments at Westpac. […]
At the end of each financial year there are a number of things you need to do and some things you can do to make our job easier and to ensure the information you give us is both complete and accurate. Please ensure you complete the Client Questionnaire form(s) we have sent you. You will […]
Employment matters with thanks to Chapman Employment Relations An interesting (in our view disturbing) case from the Human Rights Review Tribunal which suggests references and the details of other candidates in a recruitment process are not as confidential as we all thought. Kevin Waters, aged 62, unsuccessfully applied for two positions with Alpine Energy, a […]
From the 1st July 2014, the maximum parental leave payment for eligible employees and self-employed people is now $504.10 gross per week, while the minimum payment is $142.50. To learn about parental leave in more detail or to find out more information visit the Department of Labour website.