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ANNUAL HOLIDAYS WORKERS' COMPENSATION Parliamentary Reporter WELLINGTON, this day. Three of the amending bills forecast by the Prime Minister, Mr. Fraser, were introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday. They were the Annual Holidays Amendment, the Workers' Compensation Amendment and the Scientific and Industrial Research Amendment Bills.

In the absence of any agreement by the worker to the contrary employers are now required to give a worker not less than seven clays' notice of the date on which he is to begin any annual holiday or any part of his annual holiday, according to a new clause in the Holidays Bill. Holiday pay also is to be paid before a worker begins his leave. Provision also is made in the bill for the redemption of the stamps on holiday cards in cases where the worker is leaving New Zealand immediately and will be absent until after the expiration of one year, or where the worker has died and payment is being claimed by his executor or administrator. This amendment empowers the paying office to redeem holiday cards before the expiration of the appropriate period. Another clause brings industrial life assurance agents under the benefits of the Act. The principal Act also is amended to enable shipwrights and ships' carpenters to be dealt with in the same way in respect of annual holidays as waterside workers and tally clerks. The bill makes it an offence to use stamps that have been affixed to holiday cards. The acting Minister of Labour, Mr. O'Brien, stated that cases- had arisen where it was suspected that stamps had been removed from the annual holiday card and cashed with the Post Office at a discount of 5 per cent, thus avoiding payment of the National Security and Social Security charges of 12J per cent.

Scope of Act Widened Extension of the definition of the term "worker" by removing the existing wages limit of £400 a year so as to bring persons employed otherwise than by way of manual labour, receiving more than that remuneration, within the scope of the Workers' Compensation Act, is provided for in the Workers' Compensation Amendment Bill, which is to come into operation on January 1 next.

The acting-Minister of Labour, Mr. O'Brien, said that the £400 limit was fixed many years ago when the average wage was about £4 a week. Since then wages had increased considerably and there were workers suffering accidents to-day who were receiving wages of £8 a week. The limit in the existing legislation debarred such persons from receiving compensation. There is a clause dealing with workers employed under illegal contracts. The Minister said that cases had happened where someone had been manpowered to another employer, but had remained in his former employment for some little time before complying with the direction. If he were injured in these circumstances the new provision would enable him to claim compensation. The principal Act is also extended to apply to industrial life insurance agents.

Custody of the principal standafd measures is given the Department by the Scientific and Industrial Research Amendment Bill. The Department is also to maintain and check the principal standard measures and to certify copies and secondary standard measures.

The Minister in charge of the Department, Mr. Sullivan, said that standard equipment for measurement was held by the Lands and Survey Department and that for weights by the Labour Department. The bill transferred their custody from these two departments to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. They would be kept at the Dominion physical laboratory, which had precision instruments and skilled staff for looking after such instruments. This was in accordance with procedure in other parts of the world. Administration of weights would still be carried out by the Labour Department and administration of measures by the Lands Department.

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AMENDING BILLS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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AMENDING BILLS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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