Holidays Act remediation process

Find out what Hutt City Council is doing as part of the Holidays Act remediation process.


Compliance with the Holidays Act 2003 is a current issue for many organisations in New Zealand. It is a broadly nationwide issue which involves many different organisations across multiple industries.

Hutt City Council has identified potential payroll issues which have resulted in some employees receiving incorrect leave payments. Because of this, we are currently undertaking remediation work on payroll system and processes.

The potential issues relate to entitlements under the Holidays Act 2003. The specific areas that require remediation date back to 2015, and are primarily related to the payment of statutory holidays, and the rate of payment for annual, alternative, sick and bereavement leave.

We are determined to do right by our people and have completed a review into all of our payments for the past seven years. Hutt City Council has worked with a professional services firm to investigate the issue, and a Holidays Act remediation specialist is calculating what may be owed to current and former employees.

Once we know exactly which former employees are owed payments, we will try our best to contact these former employees by last known contact details. Once done, they will be required to submit information to Hutt City Council enabling the payment to be made; this will include identification, bank account details etc.

If you are a former employee and were employed at Hutt City Council at or any time after March 2015, please register your contact details here.

Earnings history and leave patterns are unique, so each case has been assessed individually and each payment amount will be different.

Hutt City Council acknowledges that all leave payments were made in good faith. We accept responsibility for any overpayments and will not be seeking to recover those overpayments from employees.

We are working very closely with the Holidays Act remediation specialist to help them complete the remediation calculations which will identify who are owed payments. We expect to make the first payments to both former and current staff in late June 2022. For former employees we will need to source and validate required information. We expect to make payments to these former staff within 60 days of completing this process.

If you have any questions, please contact: holidaysact@huttcity.govt.nz