News Roundup - 23 February

23 Feb 2021
Re-shaping resource management
Thirty years after it came into force, the legislative Frankenstein's monster that is the Resource Management Act will be reformed over the next few years. It's hard to overstate just what a big deal this is. Over the years, the Act has more than doubled in size.

Business support package opens today, to give alert level help

From today, New Zealand businesses can apply for the government's latest Covid-19 support package. Any business that has suffered a 30 percent drop in revenue for seven days is eligible for the payments.

Sales and Service Apprenticeships on the way for NZ
Good sales and customer service skills are often regarded as the sort of thing that you’ve either got, or you don’t. Scott Freeman, the innovator behind a new business called Apprento, plans to put a stop to that.

Overhaul of confusing Holidays Act promised as Government accepts improvements
Employees will be eligible for a day’s sick leave from their first day of employment, and will be entitled to receive payslips so they can see how their leave is calculated, under proposed changes to the Holidays Act.

More than $700m of the Covid-19 wage subsidy repaid before alert level change

Businesses had repaid more than $700 million of the wage subsidy before the country went into lockdown 3.0 last week.

Accountants say working from home reimbursements should be easier

Accountants have welcomed a decision by Inland Revenue to extend tax relief for employers of remote workers facing extra costs. But they say the provisions, which has been shifted until September, need to be more permanent to reflect the long-term trend of working from home.

Lack of seasonal workers puts squeeze on harvest
This year's Wairarapa wine vintage is shaping up to be a good one - that's if they can get the grapes off the vine.




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