Obligations of employers and employees
The Diocesan Policies Handbook (Handbook) establishes the standards expected of all employees (Staff) of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland (Diocese).
All parish employees must sign the Code of Conduct for Employees and Volunteers, along with all parish volunteers.
A parish has obligations to treat Employees fairly and reasonably by:
- Treating people with respect and dignity
- Ensure parish employees are paid at or above minimum or living wage*
- Ensure parish employees are automatically enrolled in Kiwisaver
- Maintain professional boundaries
- Follow due processes required to:
- Vary individual employment agreement
- Consult before making changes to position descriptions
- Consult before restructuring
- Follow due processes in a performance management or disciplinary setting.
Parishes must keep records in sufficient detail to demonstrate compliance with minimum entitlement provisions which are:
- Holidays Act
- Minimum Wage Act
- Wages Protection Act
Wage and time records (the number of hours worked each day in a pay period and the pay for those hours) must be kept in written form or contained in a computerised payroll system. A template timesheet and leave application form are available on this portal.
The parish, as an Employer, has obligations under the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) to ensure all individuals work in a safe and healthy environment and that all workers, volunteers, contractors and visitors have been notified of all potential hazards in the work place associated with their duties or tasks.
Stress has been identified as a workplace hazard in its own right. The HSWA expanded the definition of harm to include “physical or mental harm caused by work-related stress”. Employers have an obligation to take reasonable steps to identify, manage and remedy stress or stressors believed to represent a workplace hazard or which create harm to an employee(s).
Any concerns or queries regarding Health and Safety should be raised with the employee’s manager or supervisor.
The Diocese provides an Employment Assistance Programme (EAP) through Vitae. This is available to both Diocesan and Parish employees.
* Living Wage
The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) supports the Living Wage Movement and encourages all Catholic Employers in NZ to uphold the Living Wage principle.
The Living Wage is voluntary and is calculated on the basis of “A living wage is the income necessary to provide workers and their families with the basic necessities of life”. As at 1 September 2020, the Living Wage is $22.10. Bishop Pat as President of the NZCBC endorses the living wage and the Diocese has already adopted and upholds the living wage principle.