NZ employers urged to check payroll systems

Reports have emerged of widespread underpayment by some government agencies – is your organisation calculating holiday pay correctly?

NZ employers urged to check payroll systems
New Zealand employers are being urged to review their payroll systems to ensure staff are receiving their full entitlements after it was revealed there may have been widespread underpayment by some government agencies for well over a decade.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is at the centre of the contentious issue, which appears to arise from the fact that there is more than one way to calculate holiday pay but employers are legally obligated to pay the higher amount.

"We don't know if there is a problem with this in the private sector and, if so, whether it's minor or widespread," said the chief executive of Business New Zealand, Kirk Hope.

For now, Hope urged employers to check that their own payroll systems are choosing the method that gives the greater amount of holiday pay.

"It may be the case that some organisations have not been choosing the option that gives the greater amount,” he said, adding that “businesses should check their payroll system to ensure they are calculating holiday pay the right way."


More like this:
How HR can get help from front line workers
Collaboration leaving employees cold
Should HR become an invisible role?

Recent articles & video

'Good natured': Bunnings responds to criticism about how it handled a worker's chronic tardiness

Orchestrated dismissal? Worker claims 'conflict' with employer before redundancy

WorkSafe's role in Whakaari eruption in spotlight as operators seek reduced culpability

Nearly 6,000 Black employees at Tesla allowed to collectively sue for discrimination, harassment

Most Read Articles

New Zealand to hike median wage rate to $31.61 an hour

Manager's email reveals she intended to resign amid constructive dismissal claim

'Bullied' manager wins over $130k against former employer