Upcoming Changes to the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme – October 2023

September 21, 2023by Crystal Payroll

If you are in the horticulture, viticulture, or agriculture industries, it is crucial to be aware of the significant changes that are set to take place in the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme come 1st October 2023. At Crystal Payroll, we are committed to helping you stay ahead of industry shifts by ensuring our system is promptly updated and compliant with the new regulations. We are pleased to inform you that all the necessary updates to accommodate these changes have already been implemented in our system.

Overview of the Upcoming RSE Changes
  • Minimum Wage Increase: From 1st October 2023, RSE workers will benefit from a 10% increase in their hourly pay, raising the minimum hourly rate to $24.97.
  • New Sick Leave Entitlement for RSE Visa Holders: Also starting 1st October 2023, RSE workers will be entitled to paid sick leave from their first day of employment. This entitlement scheme grants employees two days of sick leave initially, followed by an additional two days each subsequent month, until a total of ten sick leave days are accumulated four months into their employment.

For a detailed understanding of these changes, we recommend visiting the official New Zealand Immigration page.

Crystal Payroll: Always Updated, Always Compliant

To facilitate a smooth transition, we have created a guide on how to set up an RSE worker’s sick leave entitlement in our system. This resource aims to provide you with step-by-step instructions, ensuring a straightforward and hassle-free setup process. Rest assured, with the recent updates, Crystal Payroll remains your reliable partner, helping you stay compliant with these changes effortlessly.

Thank you for choosing Crystal Payroll. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team.

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