Despite the Government support package scheme’s best intention to protect employees, the one-size-fits-all approach has left those on part-time employment agreements struggling. Newshub spoke to four such employees – all of whom work for Savor Group, which owns some of Auckland’s most critically acclaimed restaurants – who say a ‘grey area’ in the wage subsidy guidelines sees them being paid well under what they’d normally earn in a week. An employment law expert says the example brings to light a gap in the current system, while an industry leader was shocked to learn of the treatment of the workers, saying the company’s actions are not “in the spirit” of the wage subsidy.
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