10 Little known facts about your employment

10 Little known facts about your employment!

  1. Under the National Minimum Wage Act 2000 an employee may request from their employer a written statement of your average hourly rate of pay.
  1. Compensation for working on a Sunday may be given by means of one or more of the following;
  • The payment of an allowance;
  • Otherwise increasing the employee’s rate of pay or
  • Granting the employee paid time off work.
  1. Employers must arrange that a written statement of wages (payslip) be given to every employee with every payment of wages.  If wages are paid by credit transfer the statement of wages should be given to the employee as soon as possible after the transfer has taken place.
  1. Each statement of wages must show the gross amount of wages payable to the employee and itemise the nature and amount of each deduction.
  1. Employees are entitled to a rest period of not less than 11 consecutive hours in each period of 24 hours.
  1. Employees are entitled to a break for at least 15 minutes every 4 hours and a break of at least 30 minutes every 6 hours.
  1. Employees are entitled in each period of 7 days to a rest period of at least 24 consecutive hours.  If not possible provide a weekly rest period of that period.  The employer may as an alternative provide in the following 7 day period 2 rest periods of at least 24 hours.
  1. Employers may not permit employees to work in each period of 7 days more than an average of 48 hours.
  1. Holiday entitlements are calculated as follows.

Four working weeks in a year in which the employee works at least 1,365 hours or 8% of the hours an employee works in a leave year but subject to a maximum of 4 working weeks.

  10.  In respect of each public holiday an employee is entitled to either

(a) a paid day off for the holiday or

(b) a paid day off within a month or

(c) an extra day’s annual leave or

(d) an extra days pay as the employer may decide.

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