Monday, July 30, 2012

"Nice To Have" Employment Law

Labour MP Dr David Clark is promoting a populist bill of Mondayising Waitangi Day and Anzac Day when they fall on a weekend. Having extra holidays is nice to have, however someone has to pay. David Clark waves away this concern away with a pithy response:
"Some employers would be disadvantaged but given this situation will only happen for two out of every seven years, the cost is likely to be reasonably minimal."
Small business owners will be pleased that he's got this covered.

We note with interest that David Clark is also behind a member's bill to raise the minimum wage to $15. Interestingly, he has admitted that he is "clueless on the minimum wage price tag." One would assume that the Labour MP would have also not troubled himself with working out the cost to employers for Mondayising Waitangi Day and Anzac Day?

It is disappointing that the Tourism Association of NZ (TIA) under "new" CEO, Martin Snedden are out of step with mainstream business groups by blindly supporting Labour's Mondayising bill with the woolly rationale that this impost on business may "boost the tourism economy."

Using this fuzzy logic are we to assume that the TIA will be advocating further employment law impost to business by swinging behind Labour's minimum wage bill? In order to boost domestic tourism, maybe the TIA should be advocating a minimum wage of $50, to encourage more Kiwis to go on holiday? 

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