New Zealand Holidays Act Information for current and past MidCentral DHB employees.
Background to Holidays Act Remediation:
In early 2020, Te Whatu ora – Te Pae Haurora o Ruahine or Tararua MidCentral, formerly MidCentral District Health Board (MidCentral DHB started its Holidays Act Compliance Programme. Like most NZ employers, there were areas identified where the Te Whatu Ora districts were not fully compliant with the Act.
Te Whatu Ora - MidCentral has set up the Holidays Act Compliance Programme in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding, ensuring each of the three key process steps were incorporated in order to achieve compliance as per the agreed baseline document and framework. These process steps are outlined below:
i) Review Process
Te Whatu Ora - MidCentral will follow the framework document and conduct its own end-to-end system review in line with the baseline document to validate and review key payroll issues relating to compliance with the Holidays Act which may impact on the employer and its employees. This work has been completed.
ii) Rectification Process
The outcome of the review process will inform us of what changes and updates our payroll system needs. These changes and updates need to be compliant with the Holidays Act and MoU. They will also require sign off from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). We are well progressed with making the changes required to our payroll system and expect to complete this by early 2023.
iii) Remediation Process
Te Whatu Ora - MidCentral is to calculate arrears owed to all current and past employees from 1 May 2010 in line with agreed interpretations of the Holidays Act. All entitlements and payments must be calculated sequentially by date as each entitlement affects the gross earnings of the next one calculated. A list of affected employees (by name or employee number), and arrears owed to them, is to be provided to the Labour Inspectorate. Alternatively, depending on the outcome, the unions and Te Whatu Ora may agree to use the prescribed estimation approach. Any monies owed to employees (current and past) need to be paid to these employees as soon as practicable.
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