Newsletter September 2013


 Welcome to our Spring Newsletter. We hope you are all enjoying the mild weather conditions we have been having lately and that all is going well for our farming clients during their busy season. We are here to assist with any payroll or software queries, so please feel free to call.


Alternative Holidays for Employees Who Work on Public Holidays

With Labour Day coming up later this month, we are taking this opportunity to clarify the rules around Alternative Holidays.


An alternative holiday must:


  •  Be taken by the employee on a day that is agreed between the employer and employee.


  •  Be a day that would otherwise be a working day for the employee.


  •  Be a whole working day off work for the employee, regardless of the amount of time the employee actually worked on the public holiday.


  •  Not be taken on a public holiday



Cashing up the 4th week of Annual Leave

The employer doesn’t have to do this. They can set a policy or decide on a case by case basis.


The employee can only cash up their 4th week of current entitlement and not old entitlements from previous years.


The employee can only cash out a maximum of a week in any one entitlement year but that could mean a day at a time if a request is made and the employer agrees.


  • If the 4th week is cashed out it is treated as an extra pay (taxed like an annual bonus).


  • If the 4th week is cashed out it is not included in gross earnings for Holiday Act calculations going forward.


  • If the 4th week is cashed out then it must be part of the Holiday and Leave record for the employee that is kept for 6       years.


If an employer and employee cannot agree when an alternative holiday is to be taken, the employer may determine when it is to be taken.


The employer must have a reasonable basis for choosing this date. The employer must give the employee at least 14 days notice of the requirement to take the alternative holiday.


ABM – Did you know…….


It is possible to link Excel to your ABM data. This allows you to utilise Excel’s features to further analyse your data. This could include using charts/graphs or pivot tables which allow you to summarise your information with more flexibility and customising. Please contact us if you would like more information.

ABM Customer Turnover report

The customer turnover report can provide you with sales totals for a specific customer for each month over a 36 month period.

This is a useful tool for reviewing sales for key customers. In addition, if you are using Customer Groups and/or Customer Categories you can get the same data totalled by group or by category by ticking in the “Use for sorting” tick box.



Live Below the Line Challenge


Debbie and Simon have just completed a 5 day goal, to live below the poverty line, which meant living on


$2.25 for all their food and drinks for the 5 days from 23-27 September. This is a global initiative to raise awareness of the 1.2 billion people who live below the poverty line on a daily basis. They did this to raise money for Orphans Aid International.


Simon and Debbie ventured out to the shops with $11.25 each ($2.25 x 5) and this is what they purchased:


Simon: Dozen Eggs $3.05, 5 Carrots $1.02, Bread $1.65, Rice $1.49, Pasta $0.75, 3 Tins Beans $1.77 & 2 Tins of Tomatoes $1.30 = $11.03


Debbie: Dozen Eggs $3.05, 10 Kiwifruit $1.14, 5 Packs Noodles $2.29, 2 Tins Beans $1.18, 3kg Potatoes $3.29 & an Onion $0.28 = $11.23 (Debbie had 4 wisdom teeth removed 3 days before she started, so all food had to be soft).


As you can see, Debbie went back to her Irish roots and by the looks of things lived on the humble potato for 5 days. How many ways can you cook a spud?? Simon struggled most with the lack of coffee as he normally has 5-6 cups double strength before 3pm daily! Since finishing he has switched to decaffeinated coffee.


Anyone wishing to sponsor them, please visit (You will receive a receipt for tax purposes).




“Strategic Software have provided our company with business management systems for the past 9 years. Their products and services continue to support our company and have been a major contributor to our success in the following ways;
– Strategic Software installed a business management system that accurately assists with scheduling our workflow. This is vital to our business success and client satisfaction.
– We are able to see where jobs are at any time and can review profit on all jobs.
. . . Prospect and conversion rates can be measured and followed up on.
– The system helps us plan and schedule work.
– The system is flexible and Strategic can customize reporting to meet our needs.
– In regards to payroll, we provide the hours and Strategic do the rest.
– Assists with keeping up to date with employment legislation and reducing risk.
– Strategic processing our payroll means that all employees pay details are confidential and records are accurate, avoiding disputes or disgruntled employees.
These processes allow us to concentrate on our own area of expertise in relation to staff and customer management and the very important task of continued improvement in quality production techniques.
Working with Strategic has allowed us to make continued improvements in measuring our key point indicators and time saving in gathering these KPI’s is key.
Strategic deliver a very professional, prompt and friendly service and we have no hesitation in recommending them.”

Neil Lewis, Director
Lewis Windows Limited

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