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Workers Will Revolt on Pay Hassles

Workers Will Revolt on Pay Hassles

New Zealand employees stand to lose thousands of dollars as payroll clerks take on the extra burden of the new Holidays Act. Many employers are using outdated payroll systems that simply won't cope, warns payroll industry leader Steve Nathan, of Comacc. "Payroll officers will have their workload increased overnight on April 1st ".Many do not have the resources to handle the extra requirements handed down by the Government, through this legislation.

In the current economy where skilled employees are at a premium, he believes pay hassles caused by the changes in the Act will be the final straw for some workers.

"Most people are working predominantly for the dollar," he says. "When government intervention means the dollars are being 'mucked with', employees are going to revolt."

He believes many employers are unaware of the changes the Act will bring into force from April 1st. "There is a significant extra administration component to the new requirements and payroll officers will be tearing their hair out, trying to get to grips with it."

Employers and Manufacturers Association advisory services Manager Peter Tritt also has real concerns about the impact of the new Act.

"We are seeing employers every day who are stressing about what the Act means for them in terms of administration and compliance, but of course we know the Government cares nothing for employer stress or for the extra costs it will impose on employers," he says. "Our Adviceline is fielding thousands of calls from members, and EMA is running seminars around the country, to update employers on their new obligations from April 1st." The EMA has teamed up with Comacc in their efforts to bring employers up to date on the new Act.

Comacc has produced a free 8-page guide to assist employers review their current payroll system, to confirm it will meet the requirements of the new Act. This can be downloaded from www.comacc.co.nz.

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