Employment changes coming in 2019 - a broad overview

Happy cafe worker - employment changes coming into effect early 2019

There were a few bills passed by the Government in 2018 relating to employment legislation, as well as Inland Revenue changes regarding the filing of employment information.

Here is a broad overview of what will be coming into effect (and when) this year:

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In January each year, Inland Revenue release their determination of national standard costs (NSCs) of livestock for the financial year. The NSCs are used by taxpayers who have elected to value livestock using the national standard cost scheme, to value their livestock on hand for that income year.

The NSCs for the 2018/2019 year were released on 24 January 2019.  Click here to see these values, as well as the 2017/2018 year values for comparative purposes.

Happy barista: 5 simple ways to build your business's brand equity

The Key to Success - Ean Brown Partners Limited's blog series

Blog Series part 4

Let's face it, business branding and marketing is hard work. It takes a lot of time, dedication, effort and money. When someone is busy working in and on the business, this tends to be the first thing to move down (or fall off) the priority list.

But the good news is, earning yourself brand equity (you'll remember from this earlier blog post that brand equity is the customer loyalty and trust your business builds up over time) can be achieved by doing the following five simple things frequently and consistently:

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BREAKING NEWS! Minimum wage set to increase 1 April 2019

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The Government announced it will raise the minimum wage by $1.20 from 1 April 2019. It will be the largest increase since 1985.

This will increase the adult minimum rate from the current $16.50 to $17.70.

The starting-out and training rate will remain at 80% of the adult rate, rising to $14.16 from the current $13.20.

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Ho ho ho, and a merry Christmas to all! We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients, supporters and followers a very happy and safe festive season filled with family, friends, fun and (of course) food, and a prosperous 2019.

A quick reminder that our offices in Whangarei and Dargaville will be closing at 3pm and 12pm respectively on Friday, 21 December 2018. We re-open again at 8.30am on Monday, 14 January 2019.

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Our December "hot desking" date at The Orchard

Christmas baubles in sea foam: how to treat various NZ public holiday scenarios this festive season

Yes, another year is coming to close and you know what that means ... Christmas and New Year public holidays!

Fortunately there is no Mondayisation to contend with over the 2018/2019 festive season as the public holidays all fall on weekdays - good news for payroll managers!

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What is local SEO, and why you should have it

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The Key to Success - Ean Brown Partners Limited's blog series

Blog Series part 3

Search Engine Optimisation - you may have heard of it; you may also understand the importance of it. But are you aware of Local SEO, and how it differs from standard SEO?

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What is a brand, and how to build one

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The Key to Success - Ean Brown Partners Limited's blog series

Blog Series part 2

Your brand is essentially your business's personality and the psychological responses that personality stirs within your customers. It's the personality you craft and the reputation you earn.

When a customer hears your business name, sees your logo, experiences your products, and hears your company's voice in its communications, these things will conjure a perception in your customer's mind of what your business is all about.

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Our November "hot desking" date at The Orchard

The EBP Tradies Quiz - how many did you get right?

As promised in our recent Carters Trade Breakfast blog post, here are the answers to our Tradies Quiz. Did you get all five questions correct?

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Inland Revenue will soon be running a Disaster Recovery (DR) test across their online customer channels. The purpose of the test is to ensure Inland Revenue is able to continue its operations in the event of a disaster.

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Carters hosted a Trade Breakfast recently, and EBP attended in order to meet and chat with busy tradies before their very hectic days commenced.

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Our October "hot desking" date at The Orchard

Partial cheque and envelope: why it's time to switch from paying tax to Inland Revenue with post-dated cheques

Inland Revenue have announced that from 1 February 2019 they will no longer accept post-dated cheques for tax payments.

Previously Inland Revenue would honour post-dated cheques by not presenting them until the date shown, allowing customers to submit cheque payments ahead of their tax due date.

However with the increased use of electronic methods for making payments, Inland Revenue want to encourage their customers to make the switch from using cash and cheques.

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