Holiday pay update

We're reviewing our payroll systems and processes

Our Ministry, along with a number of other Government Agencies and New Zealand businesses, are updating their payroll systems and processes. We’re doing this to correct issues that has led to some current and former employees receiving incorrect leave payments, under the Holidays Act 2003 (the Act).

We’re working to ensure that our payroll processes and systems are fully compliant with the Act.

What we’ve done so far

In 2017, we:

  • carried out an in-depth review to identify the issues that led to non-compliance with the Act
  • agreed on an approach to becoming fully compliant with the Act
  • made a plan for making remedial payments to affected current and former employees.

In 2018, we:

  • engaged a specialist payroll consultant to help calculate the extent of our historic leave pay and entitlement errors
  • voluntarily signed up to a legally binding agreement with the Labour Inspectorate to address our current non-compliance with the Holidays Act 2003
  • continued to work with the State Services Commission, other Government agencies and unions to ensure consistency.

Current steps

We’re making remedial payments to all eligible current and former employees affected by this issue. We’ll be making the first phase of remediation payments to our current employees for the period 2 April 2009 to 27 June 2018.

Eligible former employees will receive payment in the second remediation phase, with contact to these individuals due to commence later this year.

How we’ll keep you informed

We are committed to communicating progress and updates using this website and updating current employees via the Ministry’s intranet.

How long will corrected pay go back?

Payments will be backdated to April 2009.

When will the Ministry make payment for historic errors?

We’re now in the first phase of making remedial payments to current Ministry employees.

We’re finalising our approach and timing for the second phase of remediation payments to former employees.

Have you recently left the Ministry?

If you’ve recently left the Ministry, please email your updated personal contact details to Holidays Act Payments. We’ll contact you if you’re eligible for a remediation payment.

More information

We’ll be regularly updating this page as we work through the remediation payment process.

Please be assured the Ministry is committed to paying all our employees, both current and previous, their correct holiday pay entitlements.

Got a question? Email HolidaysActPayments@justice.govt.nz.

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