13 Dec 2023

Holidays Act proves continuing headache for Te Whatu Ora

From Morning Report, 7:55 am on 13 December 2023

Payroll experts warn Te Whatu Ora's more than two-billion-dollar backpay bill owed to staff will keep growing because the Holidays Act is not fit for purpose. As well as the amount owed for wrongly calculated holiday leave, the agency is also carrying more than a billion dollars in unpaid annual leave. Unions say that's because staff shortages mean health workers can't take time off. Ruth Hill reports.