Religious Holiday Swap Mooted By EMA

July 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New Zealand Herald

Workers should be able to swap Christian religious holidays with others important to different religions, says the Employers and Manufacturers Association.

The suggestion has come as the Government asks for public submissions on a review of the current Holidays Act.

Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said the Act affected all business owners and employees and was a significant piece of legislation. However, it had been criticised for its complexity, particularly surrounding the calculation of relevant daily pay.

An advisory group, led by specialist employment lawyer Peter Kiely, would consider submissions.

"The group is keen to hear what Kiwis think about the Holidays Act and what their suggestions are for improving it," she said.