ACC Rates & Threshold
- The ACC earner levy that is collected as part of the PAYE deduction remains the same at 1.39 percent
- The maximum earnings for which ACC earner levies applies increases from $126,286 to $128,470
- The annual Student Loan repayment threshold has increased from $19,448 to $19,760
- Employee contributions now include options of 6% and 10%
Adult Minimum Wage
- The adult minimum wage will increase $1.20 cents from $16.50 to $17.70 an hour effective 1 April 2019
- This applies to all employees aged 16 and over who are not starting-out workers or trainees, unless they are involved in supervising or training other employees
Starting-out and Trainees
- The starting-out and training minimum wage will increase from $13.20 to $14.16 an hour, being 80 percent of the adult minimum wage
- There is no minimum wage for employees aged under 16 but all other employment rights and entitlements still apply
- When looking at whether an employee who is 16 years or older is a starting-out worker, time spent employed by an employer before the employee turned 16 must be included when calculating the time that employee has been continuously employed
We automatically update any employee that is being paid below the new minimum wage. If you have employees that should be excluded please let us know.
To find out more about the starting-out and trainee criteria visit employment.govt.nz.
Domestic Violence Leave
People affected by domestic violence, who have worked in their job for six months, can claim up to 10 days of paid leave per year. This leave is separate from annual, sick, and bereavement leave.
The new law also allows employees to request short-term flexible working arrangements as they recover
from domestic violence.
For more information visit business.govt.nz.