All-Terrain Services has had a busy lead up to the Christmas and New Year period and beyond, but we are back to update you and let you know what we have been up to! Also, we have a new addition to show you ... check out the video, so exciting!
Hi Neighbours, It's a tough one for many, the prospect of rates rising 3.5 per cent, in these uncertain times. It is easy to say "Freeze!" but that's not as simple as it sounds. What do you think? Read the story here: www.stuff.co.nz...
6.6% Rates should rise 3.5 pc but with easy help for those in need6.6% Complete
84.3% Rates should be frozen for all ratepayers84.3% Complete
9% Rates should rise, but by less that 3.5 pc, with help for those who need it9% Complete
I had a call the other day from an upset employee. He told me he had been dismissed by his employer using the 90-day trial period available to smaller employers. They are a small company and at time of his dismissal employed five people, so now they are down to four.
When he sent me his letter of dismissal it told him they had monitored his performance over the last couple of weeks and found it not to be up to the standard they would want, so he was dismissed per the 90-day trial clause. It also told him they had partly made the decision as a result of loss of work and revenue due to Covid 19. He was told as he was their highest paid employee this was also a factor.
When I was provided with his IEA it unfortunately makes no mention of a 90-day trail. We are all aware or should be that the 90 trial must be in writing. So, the employer in this case can’t rely on the trial period as an avenue for dismissal.
In addition, a search of the list of employers who have claimed the Covid wage subsidy show that this employer had claimed for all five full time employees sometime after he had been dismissed. Either this was an error or just plain fraud, by claiming for five employees when they only had four.
In brief then not only do they find themselves on the wrong side of an unjustified dismissal claim. They have left themselves open to scrutiny from the Govt re the wage’s subsidy scheme. It clearly states that the subsidy is for 12 weeks and they expect that the employer retains the people it claimed for, for that period.
Why do some employers insist on trying to flout the system is it genuine ignorance, or are they just trying to give it a go?
Take advice people, speak to your accountant about the best way to do this financially. Speak to an ER specialist, talk to the EMA or check the Covid website at www.covid19.govt.nz... but don’t just fly solo.
Hi neighbours, From grandparents to best friends, mums to grandchildren – Kiwis have opened up about who they miss the most two weeks into the coronavirus lockdown and shared messages for loved ones outside their bubbles in a touching video created by an Auckland-based production company. Who do you miss most during lockdown? Warning: The video in this story may make your eyes leak.