Workers will be able to take leave for sickness or bereavement from their first day in the job, under a planned overhaul of the complicated Holidays Act, RNZ reports. Parents are to be paid at their full rate for holidays on returning from parental leave, removing a fish-hook which currently leaves them out of pocket. These amendments were recommended by a panel of union, business and government voices tasked with resolving the country’s long-running payroll mess. Meanwhile, Workplace Relations Minister Michael Wood said he would implement all of the proposals with legislation to be introduced early next year.