See HCHA's submission to the Health Select Committee on the Care and Support (Pay Equity) Settlement Bill currently before the House
Whilst we support the uplift in wages for our staff, we submitted that two key areas of the Bill needed to be amended. One was on funding and the other on training. We advised the Committee that the Government is underfunding the implementation of pay equity whilst requiring legislation to compel employers to pay. The outcome for our already underfunded sector is ruinous.
See also our press release on this issue.
IN BETWEEN TRAVEL TIME SETTLEMENT
Friday, April 29, 2016
A settlement has been reached that will result in home support workers being paid for their travel time between visits and also receive a standard rate for travel reimbursement. It has also resulted in an independent review of home support services by the Director-General's reference group which has made 15 recommendations. These support more person-centred services, and also what was agreed in the Settlement Agreement: regularisation of the workforce and financial sustainability for the home support sector.
Interim Arrangement Implementation information
1 HCHA Media Release travel-time-sept-2014.pdf
2 Summary of Settlement Home-support-travel-payments-summary.pdf
3 Joint release - employers and providers New-agreement-means-big-changes-for-NZs-fastest-growing-health-sector.doc
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