30 days ago

Know your rights - minimum wage increase

The Team from Citizens Advice Christchurch Area

On the 1st of April the minimum wage increased.
The new minimum wage rates, before tax, are:
Adult - $20.00 an hour (up from $18.90)
Starting-out - $16.00 per hour (up from $15.12)
Training - $16.00 per hour (up from $15.12)

If you are currently on minimum wage and have not received an increase then ask your employer why they are paying you less than the minimum wage. It may be easier to do so in writing - you can use the letter template on the Community Law website- see link

If your employer cannot give you an acceptable explanation and will not increase your pay to the legal minimum, you can call the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on 0800 20 90 20 for further advice.

If you pay staff make sure ...

-If you do have staff on minimum wage, send them a letter or email to let them know about the increase.

-Check that any affected employment contracts are updated.

If you need any further help or advice you can also contact us, by free phone -03 367 222, email , online chat or pop into one of our branches .

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4 days ago

Do you remember the big snow of 1992?

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

Hey Cantabs,

It was quickly dubbed “the big snow” and was the heaviest snowfall in three decades.

“Christchurch teetered on the brink of disaster yesterday as the worst snowstorm in 30 years first paralysed the city, then caused widespread flooding,” The Press reported on August 29, 1992.

Do you remember the big snow?

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1 day ago

A big thank you to Darfield/Malvern Menzshed !

Kate Verpoorten from Citizens Advice Bureau Christchurch Area

Darfield Menzshed very kindly came to our rescue - we need 52 Giant Jenga blocks , to take to our events . They were able to craft the blocks at no charge - THANK YOU. Menzsheds are a great way to meet other people , work on projects like ours and help the community .