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Akahu Integration

Announcing an exciting new feature with our first payment integration for New Zealand! Available from the 3rd May 2023.

Take the manual processing of downloading and uploading BECS files out of your day-to-day workload. The Akahu integration allows you to connect to multiple bank accounts so that you can select which bank account you would like to use for different pay schedules. You can generate pay runs and instantly bulk-pay employees, as well as IRD.

Take a look at our support guide to learn how to use Akahu with Employment Hero Payroll: Guide to Akahu Payment integration.

NOTE: There is a $5 per business per month fee for sending payment files to Akahu. This will be added to your monthly payroll invoice. You also need to sign up for a free Akahu account:

Gateway Services added to Payroll Essentials

We are adding Gateway into Essentials to make it easier for you to perform payday filing via gateway services instead of having to download a CSV file for manual upload into MyIR.

Read more here about the Essentials plan: NZ Essentials Payroll Plan

Clock In / Clock Out Webhooks

We are adding webhooks for clocking in, clocking out, break start and break end system events.

If you wish to integrate this functionality within your external application, tick the “Enable clock in/clock out webhooks” box on the Webhooks screen (located under Business Settings) and add the webhooks according to the following guide:

Read more here: AU | UK | SG | MY | NZ

Cashing out Annual Holidays

As part of the Holidays Amendment 2010, there is a provision to allow an employee to have up to 1 week of current annual holiday entitlement paid out.

The main points are as follows:

  • An employee has the right to request their employer to pay out a portion of the employee's entitlement to annual holidays.
  • A request must be in writing and may be made on 1 or more separate occasions until a maximum of 1 week of the employee's annual entitlement is paid out in each entitlement year.
  • The leave must be paid at the higher of AWE vs OWP just as if the employee was taking the leave.

The paid-out annual holiday must come from the entitlement year defined as:

  • A period of 12 months of continuous employment beginning on the anniversary of the employee's employment; and
  • Includes a period of 12 months of continuous employment.

When cashing out annual holidays, it is based on current entitlement for the current entitlement year, i.e. available annual holiday entitlements for the current entitlement year. It cannot be taken out of the previous year's annual entitlement or future entitlements/accrual amounts.

Example: The employee's anniversary date is 1 September (1/9), 4 weeks of annual holidays kick in on 1/9/19, and annual holidays cash out of up to 1 week can be requested using the 1/9/19 entitlement. The previous year's entitlement on 1/9/18 cannot be used, the future years yet to accrue in 1/9/20 cannot be used.

Read more here: Cashing Out Annual Holidays using Annual Holiday Entitlement