ISSUES HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR HOLIDAY PAY REVIEW

By NZHJ June 19, 2018 Industry news

As if to underline the need for reform, NZ Police and now Bunnings are busy addressing holiday pay issues.

With a Holidays Act 2003 review already underway, yesterday we had further evidence (if any were needed) of how complicated it is currently to calculate holiday pay. 

NZ Police has already recognised it has incorrectly calculated holiday pay.

Then yesterday, as has already been widely published, Bunnings announced that it too has had issues with calculating holiday pay and that it has started making back payments to current team members who have been affected.

The payment issues affect 12,235 current and former team members, with the total amount owed amounting to $11 million plus inflation.

Past team members are being contacted, however Bunnings is encouraging anyone who thinks they may be affected to submit a claim via a form on the Bunnings NZ website.

Bunnings NZ General Manager, Toby Lawrance, says Bunnings will ensure team members are paid correctly moving forward until a permanent solution can be implemented.

“Like many other private and government organisations, we have found interpreting and applying the Holiday Act to be a challenge.

"Clearly this is disappointing for us and for our team and we will continue to work to ensure that we have the right systems and processes to support our team”, he says.

In terms of the official review that's underway, Toby Lawrance adds: "I think the formulation of a working party is a great initial step in trying to make something ‘complicated, uncomplicated’.

"At the end of the day, anything that ensures our team are getting what’s best is a positive."

The official review, by the way, will not address the issue of remediation of historical underpayments of holiday and leave pay and any new regime as a result of the review is "likely to be two to three years away". 

In the meantime, the Labour Inspectorate offers this helpful advice about non-compliance on its website.

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