The Holidays Act 2003 covers pay and entitlements surrounding all types of leave and public holidays for employees in New Zealand. While it’s easy to follow for those working standard hours, the act has proved complicated for employees on shift work, variable days and hours, or with flexible work patterns. This has resulted in widespread non-compliance – essentially, employers unintentionally underpaying or overpaying staff what they’re entitled to.
Since this came to light in 2015, it has affected a wide range of private and public organisations, including all district health boards.
In late 2016 DHB chief executives agreed to establish a national process to respond to concerns raised by the Council of Trade Unions around compliance of DHB payroll systems with the Holidays Act 2003.
As well as development of a national process to manage Holidays Act Review and Remediation work, much work has been done to develop and agree a national interpretation of the Act for all DHBs to adhere to.
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