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Health & Safety update

2019-04-01T21:58:21+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , |

There’s been several important updates to The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

We’ve created an updated guide to help our members get an overview of how key matters in this important legislation relates to their business.

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Payday filing for employers

2018-06-07T02:34:56+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

On the 17th April IR implemented changes by moving other tax types and products to the new system from April 2018 onwards. Legislation has recently been passed that includes changes to:

  • Withholding taxes, Fringe Benefit Tax and Gaming Machine Duty
  • Automatic Exchange of Information – an OECD initiative to reduce and deter offshore tax evasion.
  • PAYE & Payday filing – voluntary from April 2018, mandatory from April 2019

Of particular importance is the change to PAYE & Payday filing which will affect all employers filing employee information to Inland Revenue. This communication to enable understanding of this change is important due to the requirement being mandatory in April 2019.

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Online tool to support wellbeing engagement

2018-05-14T02:24:12+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

As most businesses are aware, a happy, healthy workforce is good for business, but how do you make workplace wellbeing part of business as usual?

You could start with this free online tool, Good4Work, which was designed for NZ businesses by a national group of public health agencies.

Their research showed that while businesses valued the wellbeing of their employees and were keen to embed positive practices into their workplace, they often didn’t know where to start.

They would welcome a product that had “done the homework for them” and “took the thinking out of workplace well-being.”

Good4Work starts with a quiz to help you rate your workplace and identify priorities for improvement. You will then be provided with suggested strategies and resources to help you take action, all for free.

Click here to check out Good4Work.

Commerce Commission’s Guide to businesses on unfair contract terms

2018-05-14T02:19:12+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Commerce Commission has released yesterday on its website a Business guide to Unfair Contract Terms, aimed at raising awareness amongst businesses on their obligations under the unfair contract terms provisions of the Fair Trading Act.

Several quick guides and videos are available online. They address topics such as variation of the contract, cancellation, subscription and automatic rollovers, and tips for writing terms and conditions. While the animations are primarily addressed to businesses, we expect that consumers will also find these a useful resource.

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Pay provisional tax only when you make a profit

2018-05-14T02:05:01+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , |

The Accounting Income Method (AIM), the new pay-as-you-go option for managing provisional tax through accounting software, is now available for small businesses with an annual turnover of under $5 million.

With AIM, you pay provisional tax only when your business makes a profit. AIM will suit businesses that are growing, new, have irregular or seasonal income, or find it difficult to forecast their income accurately. AIM makes managing cash flow simpler because provisional tax payments are based on a business’ actual results.

Here’s how you can start using AIM in the current tax year:

  • If you have a balance date of 31 March and file GST every month, you will need to pay your first provisional tax instalment by 28 May 2018.
  • If you pay GST every two or six months, or if you’re not registered for GST, your first filing deadline for AIM is 28 June 2018.

Software providers MYOB, Reckon and Xero are offering AIM in their tax management accounting packages. MYOB is also providing AIM to their business customers. You’ll find more information on their websites.

Talk to your software provider or tax agent about whether AIM is right for your business. Visit www.ird.govt.nz/aim for more information or take a look at the free webinars on AIM at www.cchlearning.co.nz

Privacy Law Reform One Step Closer

2018-04-22T23:52:46+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , |

On 11 April 2018 Parliament gave a first reading to a new Privacy Bill. The Bill has now been referred to the Justice Select Committee and is currently open for public submissions. If passed into law, the Bill would repeal and replace the current Privacy Act 1993 which has been in force for nearly 25 years. The Bill leaves many of the principles and provisions of the current Act untouched; however there are some important changes proposed.

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Inland Revenue’s changes make tax simpler for businesses

2018-04-22T23:14:17+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , |

On 17 April, Inland Revenue made changes to streamline business taxes. It’s part of the department’s commitment to create a modern tax system which is simple to use, makes it easy for everyone to get their taxes right, and fits as seamlessly as possible into people’s lives.

You will have seen and heard about the changes over the last few months, but here’s a reminder of what’s now in place:

  • The new ‘My Business’ section in myIR, where you can now manage tax types like Fringe Benefit Tax and Gaming Machine Duty. For help navigating myIR, visit here.
  • The ‘Accounting Income Method’ (AIM), a new ‘pay-as-you-go’ method for managing provisional tax, is now available. Talk to your tax agent or software provider about whether AIM is right for your business, and go here for more videos and information.
  • Parliament has recently passed legislation which will require employers to file PAYE information every payday rather than monthly. This is voluntary from April 2018 and mandatory from April 2019. Find out more here.

As always, we will be working closely with Inland Revenue to support you and answer any queries about the changes.

Click here for more information.

If you can’t back it up don’t say it from Commerce Commision

2018-02-22T21:41:10+00:00 Categories: Business Support Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Employment Law Reforms Announced – January 2018

2018-02-01T01:00:35+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

The Government has announced its first tranche of employment law reforms.

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HR Policy – a sample for company Travel

2017-12-04T01:54:48+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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HR Policy – a sample Social Media use at work

2017-12-04T01:52:39+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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HR Policy – a sample for Mileage Reimbursement

2017-12-04T01:50:14+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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HR Policy – a sample on Holidays and Leave

2017-12-04T01:43:49+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Employment Law changes 2018

2017-12-04T01:39:57+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

Annual Leave, 90 Day Trial , Immigration, Contractors and much more….

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Alcohol and employers’ responsibilities at work events

2017-12-04T01:21:12+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Digital marketing for business

2017-11-29T20:14:44+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Great tips for email marketing campaigns

2017-11-29T20:09:06+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Get the best out of Social Media for business

2017-11-29T20:05:02+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Search Engine Optimisation – SEO – Marketing tips

2017-11-29T20:01:17+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Are your emails spam?

2017-11-29T19:54:31+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Sick Leave, Medical Incapacity and Employment Law

2017-11-29T00:41:18+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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A marketing guide to grow your business

2017-11-29T00:43:03+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

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CYBER Smart Week

2017-11-09T20:47:15+00:00 Categories: Free Resources|Tags: , |

CERT NZ and Connect Smart have teamed up to present Cyber Smart Week to help people and businesses improve their cyber security and promote better online protection.

Cyber Smart Week later this month will focus on four steps to building cyber defence at home and work. The Cyber Smart theme is ‘Just do one thing’.

Click here to read more.

Forsite App helps with Health & Safety compliance

2017-10-26T21:56:17+00:00 Categories: Business Support Videos|Tags: , , |

Health & Safety: Are documents good practice?

2017-10-26T21:56:41+00:00 Categories: Business Support Videos|Tags: , , |

Health & Safety: Is Health and safety good for business?

2017-10-26T21:55:55+00:00 Categories: Business Support Videos|Tags: , , |

Health & Safety: Can you dismiss an employee who doesn’t comply?

2017-10-26T21:58:02+00:00 Categories: Business Support Videos|Tags: , , , , , |

Health & Safety: Health and safety is not a scary monster

2017-10-26T21:58:40+00:00 Categories: Business Support Videos|Tags: , , |

Health & Safety: How to address risks in your business

2017-10-10T22:39:59+00:00 Categories: Business Support Videos|Tags: , , , |

Employment Law – Disciplinary, Suspension and Personal Grievance

2018-02-12T03:39:06+00:00 Categories: Business Support Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Employment Law – Personal Grievance, Employment Agreements & much more

2018-02-12T03:44:00+00:00 Categories: Business Support Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Holiday & Leave Law

2018-01-30T02:16:15+00:00 Categories: Business Support Videos|Tags: , , , , , |