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The cost of the minimum wage

Minimum wage earners Vasivasi Faitala and Dalrene Goff argued it was unfair they had to pay their own and their employer TerraNova's KiwiSaver contributions.

The caregivers earn the minimum wage of $13.50 an hour, which was broken down to wages and tax of $12.98, 26c for their contribution to KiwiSaver, hong kong company register and 26c for TerraNova's contribution.

The Court of Appeal agreed with the Employment Court that the Minimum Wage Act was designed to impose a floor below which employers and employees could not go.

TerraNova argued it was entitled to make the deduction when minimum wage and KiwiSaver laws were read together, registration of company in Hong Kong and that the Employment Court erred in concluding that compulsory employer contributions were not wages.

"The opening phrase used in section six of the Minimum Wage Act notwithstanding anything to the contrary is an unequivocal statement of legislative intent that the provision shall prevail over any enactment, award, collective agreement, determination or contract of service which purports to limit the workers entitlement to the prescribed minimum wage Business Registry Hong Kong," the Court of Appeal said.

TerraNova has to pay 75 per cent of the costs for a standard appeal.
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Seismologists warned against complacency

GNS Science has revised down the risk of another big quake to follow the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck the capital at 5.09pm on Sunday.

Thanks to a lack of major aftershocks overnight iPad Cases, the prediction for a tremor measuring over magnitude 6 in the next 24 hours has reduced from 20 per cent to 10 per cent.

"We've had a relatively quiet night so it's not surprising to see that number dropping off," GNS duty seismologist John Ristau told NZ Newswire.

"That's not to say there isn't going to be another big one though. People need to be aware of that."

He said the agency was carefully monitoring patterns from the string of quakes that started with a 5.7 jolt just after 9am on Friday.

It was followed by a 5.8 on Sunday morning, the violent shake late Sunday afternoon and about 120 aftershocks since then, according to GeoNet.

There have been few reports of damage and injury but the swarm has brought Wellington CBD to a standstill as workers are warned to stay home while buildings and infrastructure get safety checks.

Mr Ristau said the activity was triggered by friction between the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates which meet over New Zealand and push against one another.

Interestingly, it seems to be the plates rubbing up and down against each other, rather than typical thrusting forwards, Dentist Hong Kong that is responsible for this series, he said.

The exact fault point involved has yet to be determined.

He said the quake centre had moved to the south-west since Friday, a pattern typically seen in these seismic swarms as earthquake "stress" is transferred away from the epicentre handbags embroidery.

The quakes are similar to a series of four earthquakes over magnitude 5 that struck the region in 2005. They hit 10 to 15 km southwest of the current swarm and caused no damage.
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