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  • Q  – What is the current minimum wage?
  • A – From 1 April 2016 the minimum wage is $15.25 per hour, plus holiday pay. The Government announced on 24 January 2017 that the minimum wage will increase by 50 cents to $15.75 on 1 April 2017.  There are special rules that apply to 16 and 17 years olds, those starting work who have been on a benefit and those in training. Take advice if you need more information about employees in those situations.


  • Q – My employee wishes to swap her Labour Day public holiday, from the Monday, to the previous Friday. Can she? and do I have to pay her time and a half if she works on the Monday?
  • A -If both parties agree in writing, if it lawful to transfer a public holiday to another day.
    In this case if the employee takes the holiday on the Friday (doesn’t work) the employee will be entitled to be paid at the relevant daily rate (what the employee would have been paid if the employee had worked the day). The Monday for this employee will not be treated as a public holiday, so the employee will not be entitled to time and a half, or an alternative holiday if the employee works on the Monday.

Employers Law can help you with documents, updating and advice about all of the above – and more.