Get payroll sorted this Christmas

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About the webcast

Join Nerida as she shows you how to record leave in MYOB Payroll. It runs for around 8 minutes and is recorded so you can come back any time you want.

FAQs

What's the difference between holiday pay and annual leave?

When a full-time or part-time employee starts a new job, they accumulate holiday pay from their start date. Holiday pay is 8% of their gross earnings and calculated in dollars.

When the employee reaches their anniversary date, their holiday pay becomes annual leave and is calculated in hours or days. At this date, they can take annual leave. They also start accumulating holiday pay for the next year.

What do I pay an employee who works a public holiday?

If an employee works a public holiday, they are entitled to be paid time-and-a-half for the hours worked. And, if the public holiday happens to fall on a day they normally work, they're also entitled to a day in lieu.

What if a public holiday falls on a weekend?

There are special arrangements for public holidays over the Christmas and New Year period, and for Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day.

Public holidays over the Christmas and New Year period
If a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, and the employee:
- doesn't usually work that day, the holiday is transferred to the following Monday or Tuesday. The employee still gets a paid day off if they usually work on these days.
- usually works that day, the holiday remains at the traditional day and the employee is entitled to a paid day off.

Note that an employee can't be entitled to more than four public holidays over the Christmas and New Year period, regardless of their work roster.

Waitangi Day and Anzac Day
If the public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday and the employee:
- doesn't usually work that day, the holiday is transferred to the following Monday so that the employee still gets a paid day off.
- usually works that day, the holiday remains at the traditional day and the employee is entitled to a paid day off.

Why is the leave rate higher than the normal pay rate?

Remember that the leave rate is the higher on the average weekly rate or the ordinary weekly pay. Average weekly includes things like overtime, regular bonus and commissions.

Can I process a lump sum payment for the Christmas period?

It is best not to process as a lump sum but rather process one week at a time. Although you can divide the tax over the period, the leave divisor will do it as one.

How do I restore a backup?

Open your payroll file, go to the File menu, click the ellipsis button (the 3 wee dots) and locate and select the backup file you want to restore. You will get a warning message that it will override the company file you currently have so make sure you want to do this.