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Employment updates for employers

Updated: Mar 29, 2021

Minimum wage increase

As a business owner or manager, you need to be ready for the increase in minimum wage rates from Thursday, 1 April 2021.

The details of the increase are:

Adult minimum wage will go up, from $18.90 to $20.00 per hour.

Starting-out and training minimum wage will go up from $15.12 to $16.00 per hour.

All rates are before tax and any lawful deductions for example PAYE tax, student loan repayment, child support.

If you unsure how this impacts your business or need help to ensure your employment records, processes and systems are current then call us on 07 578 5416

Increase in Sick Leave entitlement

The Government has introduced the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill to increase the minimum employee sick leave entitlement from 5 days per year to 10 days per year.

With the introduction of the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill, eligible employees will soon be entitled to 10 days of sick leave per year. The Bill will come into effect two months after it’s passed as a law.

The Bill proposes that:

the maximum amount of unused sick leave that an employee can be entitled to under the Act will remain 20 days

every employee would be entitled to 10 days’ sick leave each year (provided they qualify based on the existing conditions), regardless of their working pattern

employees will receive the increased entitlement on their next sick leave entitlement date after the law commences (rather than all employees receiving the additional sick leave on the same day).

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