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Updated Holidays Act 2003 guidance now available

If you’re struggling to figure out and calculate certain aspects of the Holidays Act 2003 (the Act), new easy-to-use tools on might be of help.

Since July the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has been updating the Employment website to provide helpful products on some of the trickiest topics for employers and employees.

“Our new resources will be a great way for people struggling with the Act to get the help they need, without having to look too far to find it”, says Tania Donaldson, Payroll Lead.

Key topics including termination pay, when to use 8% instead of annual holidays, and the question of when to use ordinary weekly pay versus average weekly earnings are amongst the new resources now available.

More products are on the way now the second part of Holidays Act 2003: Guidance on annual holidays, bereavement leave, alternative holidays, public holidays and sick leave has been published, including how to calculate payments for working a public holiday, and qualifying for sick or bereavement leave.

“Employees and employers have been asking MBIE for easier to understand guidance on the Act, so it’s great to be able to take that feedback on board to pinpoint the subjects that people find the hardest, and turn them in to something that’s easier to digest”, says Ms Donaldson.

A full timeline of which topics to expect and when can be found here [PDF 251KB].