News and updates from the team
Important Immigration announcements were made on 15 July 2021 which are important if your business hires migrants workers, you can read the full announcement here, a summary of the important points are as follows:
- The median pay rate for essential skills work visas increases to $27 per hour from Monday 19th July, the maximum duration for applications for jobs paid below the median wage will increase from 6 months to 24 months.
- Employers won’t be required to complete a labour market test where a worker is applying for a visa for a full-time role which the worker already holds. These applicants also won’t need to provide medical and police certificates to Immigration New Zealand if that information has been supplied previously.
- The new Accredited Employer Work Visa, which was due to come into effect on 1 November, will be delayed until the middle of next year. An update will be provided as soon as an exact date is confirmed.
We are working closely with Businesses and their migrant workers to help understand the constant changes and delays to decisions by immigration, if you are uncertain please contact Jenny, our licensed Immigration Adviser firstname.lastname@example.org
Sick Leave Entitlement Update
The Government have provided the date for which minimum Sick Leave entitlements will increase to 10 days. The date this comes into effect is 24 July 2021.
How this looks for business:
- Employees will be entitled to 10 days Sick Leave at their next sick leave anniversary date following 24 July.
- Someone who’s anniversary who is 23 July 2021 would not be entitled to the 10 days until 23 July 2022 (though nothing stops employers from providing more than their minimum legislative requirements)
- Someone who’s entitlement date is 11 September and they currently have 3 days sick leave will then be entitled to their additional 10 days giving them 13 days sick leave on 11 September
- The legal minimum of carry over sick leave remains at 20 days
- If your current employment agreement states that employees are entitled to 5 days – legislation trumps agreements and you will not need to do a variation to the contract. To let staff know you could send out an email or company memo/newsletter/poster.
- It is a timely reminder to review your Employment Agreements and make sure they comply with legislation (not just leave) and if there are any clauses that may need to be added, re-worded or removed to meet your current and future business needs
What we recommend:
- Contact the People Plus team if you would like to talk about your Employment Agreements or for us to conduct a review
- Contact your payroll provider and see if they will be managing the Sick Leave change in the system or if you need to do this at your end
- Think about how you will communicate with employees if they ask about their new sick leave entitlements
We are always here! So, if you have any questions, just give us a call and we will be happy to help 😊.
Wellness while working from home
Working from home has become the new norm for many of us and while we try our best to settle in to this new routine, it isn't always smooth sailing. Many of us may be feeling overwhelmed and anxious about our new lifestyle, so our team has pulled together some tips to help with this transition. We want to ensure individual wellness while working from home, to help productivity, as well as, motivation.
Getting through together
How's everyone feeling as we enter our second full week of Alert Level 4? Anxious? Drained? Maybe you've chilled out from having a much needed break from the craziness of normal life? This isolation is certainly a strain for some, and you may be surprised at your own reaction to our national crisis. We've found a great website with information and inspiration to keep us going through these trying times. Have a look! Getting Through Together