The Nightmare before Easter…..
What is it about Easter that makes one of the people professions scream??
Twas the night before Easter and all round the house, nothing was stirring, not even a mouse....
Okay the rhyme might be from the wrong holiday but over the next few days, as you have time off with family, enjoy some autumnal weather and probably eat waaaay too much chocolate -
Because while the world deliriously thinks all payroll does is press the magic pay button each month -
There also two rather large problems.
The first is that almost all payroll systems in New Zealand DO NOT fully comply with the Holidays Act. And so it’s payroll who have to manually check that everyone is actually going to be paid correctly and the payments comply with legislation.
At Easter there is also the issue of calculating the right pay rate for public holidays, complicated further if people are working different hours AND woe betide you if you have casuals in the workplace. I’m not sure even Google could programme an algorithm to check if they are actually a casual or not. Again payroll are the ones having to check every single work pattern to see if it would have been an ordinary working day.
Then there’s the employees who think that Easter Sunday is a holiday and they should get time and a half. It’s not. Only Good Friday and Easter Monday are. Payroll have the fun job of explaining that 700 times as people check their payslips.
So the second problem is the Holidays Act is extremely complicated to apply because it was designed for 9 -
The APPNZ Payroll Advisory had four fixes to the Holidays Act they suggest would make it easier to apply:
One of the Associations mandates is to consult with Government so that issues with the legislation being applied can be worked through before it is introduced. In the future, every New Zealander should be paid correctly. We will be working to put forward these suggestions on the Holidays Act and stop making Easter such a nightmare for payroll!
: People Matter