Welcome to the October Issue
of the 
Crystal Payroll News

​As we said in the intro email, we wanted to reduce the size of the actual email newsletter without reducing the amount of news content we provide. 

​By publishing the newsletter on our blog, you can refer back to it when you need to without having to find the email you deleted 😉


Tips from the Support Team

“Managing Public Holidays”, revisited

​With Monday being a Public Holiday (and Friday if you’re lucky enough to live in Hawkes Bay) we thought it would be a good idea to revisit how to handle Public Holidays and also remind you how to handle paying Public Holidays when you have employees who don’t have a regular work patterns.

Handling a Public Holiday – For Staff with a regular work pattern
​All Public Holidays are pre-set in the system each year. When paying your employees (or not) for days legislated as Public Holidays there are FOUR possible scenarios to consider.

  1. They would normally work on the day, and they did not work
    Employee is paid at their normal rate – set Default Hours to the normal working hours (if not already set), and Worked Hours to zero
  2. They would normally work on the day, and they did work
    Employee is granted a day-in-lieu, and paid at time and a half – set Default Hours to the normal working hours (if not already set), and Worked Hours to the hours they worked
  3. They would not normally work on the day, and they did not work.
    No pay – set Default Hours and Actual Hours to zero
  4. They would not normally work on the day, and they did work
    Employee is paid at time and a half – set Default Hours to zero, and Worked Hours to the hours worked

Handling a Public Holiday – For staff with an irregular work pattern
​Having staff with an irregular work pattern can make it hard to know if it is an “Otherwise Working Day” and if it is, how many hours should be paid?  To make paying this leave easier for this type of employee, earlier this year we added a new “Hours for a Paid Day Off” feature in the Time & Income Screen. Read how to use this function here…..

The Spotlight’s on one of You!

As we have said before we are big fans of our Crystal Payroll customers! So, this month we will again shine the spotlight on one of our Crystal Champions who are each in their own way, quite extraordinary.

This month client is Kodoor Motel & Hotel Group
Whose properties Including Auckland North Shore Motels and Holiday Park, Shoreline Motel, Allenby Park Motel and The Emerald Hotel.

Running an accommodation business such as a motel, hotel or holiday park is a challenge at the best of times, especially with it being a 24/7 operation and with lots of part-time staff on variable roster. Read More...

Making Life Easier

​This month we cover enhancements we have made relating to:

  • Minimum Wage Top Up – helps anyone paying agriculture or horticulture staff.
  • Ongoing updates to our new HR Module
  • A changes for users of our Crystal Manager Timesheet and Leave Application add-on

Minimum Wage Top Up for Farm Workers
​Recently there has been coverage in the media regarding worker in the farming, horticulture and viticulture sectors not being paid the Minimum Wage. This can happen especially with farm worker where they have a “Salary” for a set number of hour but end up working higher hours with being paid more. When this happens their effective hourly rate can drop below the minimum wage.
Read More about this and the other changes we made…

Two dairy farmers in New Zealand. Photo from newzealandnow.govt.nz

Business Partner of the Month…

​Thank you for your support and referrals team! A little gift of edible treats is on its way to you in appreciation! Find out more about the team at DFK Oswin Griffiths Carlton by visiting www.dfkogc.com