Why you'll see hospitality surcharges today

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 8 Feb 2021, 1:53PM
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Why you'll see hospitality surcharges today

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 8 Feb 2021, 1:53PM

Surcharges will be appearing on some hospitality bills today as we observe the Monday-ised Waitangi Day.

Waitangi Day fell on Saturday, but it is being recognised as a public holiday today.

CEO of Hospitality New Zealand Julie White told Tim Dower that the public holiday rules kick in on the day itself - so there were surcharges on Saturday.

And the Monday-isation means that there is a double-up.

"That also has the same public holiday rules. Everyone working today gets time and a half."

White says she cannot comment on whether people are only entitled to one lot of time and a half if they worked both days, as it will depend on individual agreements.

She says that people can continue to trade without a surcharge if they wish to, but it can be costly. 

"30 percent of costs in some venues is directly linked to wages, so if you've got time and a half, the cost recovery is why the surcharge is put on."

Some people may just choose not to trade today, White says. 

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