Holidays Act Issues Paper released for consultation

Thursday 30 August 2018

Authors: Liz Coats, Rachael Brown and Tim Clarke

​​​​The Holidays Act Taskforce has this morning (30 August) released an Issues Paper. The Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety established the Taskforce in May 2018 to review the Holidays Act and recommend changes.​​​

The Issues Paper sets out the Taskforce's understanding regarding the key issues faced by employers, employees and payroll providers in trying to implement the Act.

As an employer, your submissions are invited on the questions raised in the Issues Paper.

The Issues Paper, and a summary of the process for making submissions, is available ​here. Submissions can be submitted online, by email, or by post until 12 October 2018.​

The Taskforce includes employer, employee and government representatives, and was commissioned by the Government following a joint request from unions and employers.1 Bell Gully has vast experience in advising clients on the Holidays Act,2 and our team is happy to assist in preparing or reviewing your submissions.

If you or your business has any questions regarding the Issues Paper, please contact one of our ​team​ or your usual Bell Gully adviser.

1 Further background regarding the Taskforce and its terms of reference is available at

2 See our previous publications on this issue: and​


This publication is necessarily brief and general in nature. You should seek professional advice before taking any action in relation to the matters dealt with in this publication.

For more information
  • Rachael Brown

    Partner Wellington
  • Tim Clarke

    Partner Auckland
  • Liz Coats

    Partner Auckland
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