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.
Revision of Standard has begun
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
We are delighted to report that ACC and MoH have agreed to co-fund the development of NZS 8158, the Home and Community Support Sector Standard.
Two preparatory meetings and a full day workshop have been attended by representatives of NZHHA, ACC and the Ministry of Health to generate discussion that will help Standards New Zealand to scope the project and to identify issues that will need closer consultation. Standards New Zealand will then begin the formal standards revision process, involving the appointment and management of a Committee to review the standard and undertake wider consultation.
The aims are to ensure that the Standard is current and relevant, to bring it in line, where appropriate, with the Health and Disability standards, and to make it more outcome focused.
Members of NZHHA underscored their commitment to this standard in 2009 by passing a resolution that they will, in 2010, bind NZHHA membership to certification to the Standard.
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