Recent HNZ Submissions: Holidays Act Review and Gambling Harm Strategy
15 Oct 2018
Holidays Act Review Submission
In recent weeks we have made two submissions that will be of interest to our members. One is our submission on the Holidays Act (2003) Review where we note we support a review of the Act on the grounds that it is unclear and overly complex for our members, and in its current state it does not accommodate the variable operating environment of Hospitality businesses. We are frequently approached by members who find the Act confusing. It is our view that the Act needs to provide clarity and certainty and should not impose unnecessary time or cost burdens on employers – in particular, small to medium enterprises.
Gambling Harm Strategy Submission
Our submission to the Ministry of Health on the Gambling Harm Strategy points out that most gaming machine players do so within their means and without any problem, however, we agree that those who have a problem with gambling need to be helped, and need access to effective intervention and rehabilitation programs. Hospitality NZ supports the problem gambling levy for the 2019/20 and 2021/22 period be set at 30% expenditure and 70% presentations. We support investment in technology such as facial recognition software and encourage the Ministry to do research into online gambling which thus far has been outside their scope of investigation in this area.