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Minimum wage rises by $1.20 on 1 April 2019

The minimum wage is going up from $16.50 to $17.70 per hour. Here’s what you’ll need to know for your business. Minimum wage rises When: 1 April 2019 What: The new minimum wage rates, before tax, are: • Adult — $17.70 an hour • Starting-out — $14.16 an hour (up from $13.20) • Training — $14.16 an hour (up from $13.20) Read our page on minimum pay ...

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Expert tips for starting a business

There’s no magic formula for starting a successful small business, but the better your decisions early on, the better your chances. We’ve asked experts for their tips. Starting out People start their own businesses for various reasons, and everyone sets out to succeed. But even with dedication and the best of intentions, the majority of new businesses still don't make it past the ...

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Changes to the Employment Relations Act

Some employment law changes came into effect in December 2018, and more changes are coming in May 2019. Check how they impact you. When: 12 December 2018 What: Changes to the Employment Relations Act now in effect include the following: Union representatives can now enter workplaces without consent, provided the employees are covered under, or bargaining towards, a collective agreement. Pay deductions can no ...

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Hobby or Business?

You sell the odd hand-knitted scarf to friends, or maybe you sell your knitwear every week at local markets. Regular sales can mean you’re in business, and have tax obligations to fulfil. Questions to ask yourself It's important to understand the differences between a hobby and a business. A small side hustle you’ve been doing for years could be classed as a ...

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Owner-operators: Tips to beat isolation

Being a solo operator can be isolating, and it can sometimes feel like your work is your life. It doesn’t need to be like that. Read on for tips to help you feel more connected.   Support when you want it   There’s a lot to be said for being your own boss. Going it alone means you control your business – and all ...

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Introduction to holidays and leave

There are different rules for different types of leave. Understanding your obligations as an employer makes it easier to work out leave entitlements and approve leave applications — leading to happier, more productive employees. Holidays and leave at a glance All employees working in New Zealand are legally covered by the Holidays Act (2003). The Act requires that: as an employer, you keep ...

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Family business planning over summer

The summer holidays offer a good opportunity to get together and discuss plans for your family business. But there are some rules you should follow to make sure it’s only the barbeque that gets heated! Dinner discussions: Why they're important Working in any family business – where two or more family members work in a business owned by the family – has ...

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Sending Post dated cheques to IRD

At Inland Revenue they’re working on ways to reduce the numbers of cheques they issue for refunds and accept for payment. They’re doing this because from March 2020 the systems to handle cheques will no longer be supported. The banking sector is in a similar situation. From February 2019 they intend to no longer accept post-dated cheques as a method of ...

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ACC refunds: Do you qualify?

About 300,000 business customers were charged incorrect ACC levies since 2002. Here’s how you can find out whether you’re one of them. Are you owed a refund? If you were in your first year of self-employment between 2002 and 2017, or paid provisional ACC levies after ceasing trading, ACC may owe you a refund. ACC expects to refund around $100 million to approximately ...

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Hiring your first employee

Hiring your first employee is a big milestone, which can make a huge difference for your business. A lot can also go wrong. Here are some tips to help you get the right person for the job. When to hire: think ahead Hiring your first employee is a big decision , and it’s a real milestone for any business. If managed well, ...

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