We're reviewing our payroll systems and processes

The Ministry, along with a number of other Government Agencies and NZ businesses, has payroll systems and processes that have led to miscalculated pay entitlements for some people, under the Holidays Act 2003 (the Act).

The Ministry is working to ensure that our payroll processes and systems are fully compliant with the Act.

What we're doing

The Ministry is committed to paying all our employees (both current and former) what they are entitled to.

During 2017 the Ministry developed an in-depth understanding of the issues causing non-compliance with the Act and agreed an approach to becoming compliant and making payment for errors made in the past.

During 2018 the Ministry:

  • engaged a specialist payroll consultant to help calculate the extent of our historic leave pay and entitlement errors.
  • agreed an enforceable undertaking, with the Labour Inspectorate, in relation to our current non-compliance with the Holidays Act 2003.
  • continued to work with the State Services Commission, other Government agencies and unions.

Current steps

We are currently working to complete the testing for the first calculations for historic errors. Once these have been completed they will be checked and endorsed by the Labour Inspectorate. At this point we will be able to advise when we payments will commence.

How we’ll keep you informed

We are committed to communicating progress and updates using this website and updating current employees via our intranet and regular emails.

How long will corrected pay go back?

Payments will be backdated to April 2009.

When will the Ministry make payment for historic errors?

We are working with a specialist consultant and there is still more to do before we can complete the calculations and confirm that they are correct.

We will make our first payment to remediate these errors once we have completed the calculations and the Labour Inspectorate has confirmed they are correct.

If you’ve left recently

If you have recently left the Ministry, please email your latest personal contact details to Payroll so we can contact you if we find you have any additional holiday pay owing.

If we find you’re owed holiday pay, we will contact you to arrange getting this to you.

More information

This page will be updated regularly as the project progresses.

Please be assured the Ministry is committed to paying all our employees (both current and former) what they are entitled to.

Got a question? Email Holidays Act Project.

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