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Christmas Wrap Up

Christmas Holidays & Leave

From annual leave to public holidays (like Christmas) your worker(s) must get at least the legal minimum. Here is a link to a great website to get all the tips & a full understanding of your legal requirements.

At a glance all employees are covered by the Holidays Act (2003). Basically, that Act requires you to keep accurate records of all employee’s hours, what they have been paid for these hours, entitled leave and taken leave. There are also other leave entitlements, such as sick, bereavement & domestic violence leave.

So how does Christmas & New Year affect me and my staff?

Public Holidays

When a public holiday falls on a day your employee would usually work, they’re entitled to a paid day off, no matter how long they’ve been working for you. If they agree to work anyway, you must:

  • pay them at least time & a half

  • give them another paid day off later (a day in lieu)

If the public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday (upcoming Christmas Day & Boxing Day 25/26 Dec are Saturday/Sunday) then employees who don’t normally work will have the following Monday/Tuesday as their paid public holiday, which is known as Mondayisation. However, if your employees work weekends as well as Mondays, they don’t get all 3 days paid as public holidays – just the two.

Business NZ Website

As a business, and an employer, we suggest you bookmark the website

Key Dates

  • 20 Dec - PAYE due date

  • 25 Dec - Santa is coming to town

  • 15 Jan 2024 - GST Provisional Tax due date

As the holiday season approaches, all of us here at Rural Accountants would like to thank you, our valued clients, for trusting us to look after your financial matters.

We wish you a Merry Christmas, a joyous holiday season and continued success in the coming year.

Kindly take note that our offices will close on Wednesday, 20 December 2023 at 16:00 and will re-open on Monday, 8 January 2024 at 9am.

Visit - 45 Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau

Contact number: 06 858 8796

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