Source: MIL-OSI Submissions
The NZCTU welcomes today’s announcement that the Government will
accept the 22 recommended changes to the Holidays Act made by the
Holidays Act Taskforce, of which CTU President Richard Wagstaff was a
“The working group committed to making it easier for employers to
understand the law so that they could apply the intent of the law
correctly. The current Holidays Act has been poorly understood and
implemented resulting in large numbers of working people not getting
their correct entitlements, and large, lengthy and costly remediation
processes undertaken to correct past mistakes and make firms legally
compliant. These changes should make implementation of the Act easier.
” Wagstaff said.
“There are some significant recommendations which will make life
better for working people” including –
– Entitling eligible employees to bereavement leave and family
violence leave from their first day of employment.
– Giving eligible employees one day’s sick leave from their first day
of employment, with an additional day given per month until the
minimum entitlement is reached.
– Extending bereavement leave to include more family members,
including cultural family groups and more modern family structures.
– Removing the current parental leave ‘override’ to address
discrimination against parents who take time off to care for their
young children. Removing this provision will mean that employees
returning to work following parental leave will be paid at their full
rate for annual holidays.
– Requiring payslips, so employees know what their used and remaining
leave entitlements are, and how these were calculated.