Payroll Master Class

For payroll people – work can seem relentless. There is always another deadline coming up and too little time to get everything done. So the Payroll Master Class focuses on giving you new ideas on how to do more with less and manage your payroll function in a new way. Better for you, and better for your business because they will have a happier payroll function.

Our master class is split into two sections. Part 1 is an on demand webinar that covers employment law and the Holidays Act, then Part 2 covers how you can influence your managers to follow process and free up some time, and gives you time to discuss and ask any questions.

As always with elephant, we focus on giving you practical tools and techniques that really work, not just theory. We also answer any questions you have with practical solutions and ideas you can really use. So even if you’re busy, taking a day out to attend may be just what you need.

Course Content

PART 1: The Holidays Act & employment law challenges

This is an on demand webinar that covers the following:

Changes to the Holidays Act & other employment law. Need we say more? This session is deep dives into the changes with the Holidays Act so you know what you need to do to comply as well as any other recent employment law changes and case law that impact on payroll. Presented by  Joshua Kimpton from Minter Ellison or Mike Mercer from Simpson Grierson.

Payroll Compliance. You’ll now hear from the Labour Inspectorate at MBIE, who will present on trends the Labour Inspectorate is seeing, and ideas for managing leave and compliance.

PART 2: Taming Time and Influencing Managers

Runs from 9.15am to 12.30pm

Influencing your managers: In this section you’ll learn clever ways to grab managers attention, get them to actually read your payroll emails and to follow process. If you’ve ever been frustrated with managers not following directions – this session will give you new ideas to get them doing what they should and not asking lots of questions! 


Managing Time without eight arms: How you can use your time well when you’ve always got too much to do and another deadline is approaching. This session is about creating time so you can have a break and some time off. We cover new tools and techniques you can use, talk about resilience, discuss push back and delegation and much more.

Running Wednesday 5 April$325 + GST to attend
AND Wednesday 17 July 202310% discount for NFP or booking 2

Our Facilitators

We have a team of awesome facilitators, who are HR and employment law experts. For the Payroll Master Class and Payroll Certificates we also have guest presenters who are payroll and employment law specialists.

Guest presenters:

Joshua Kimpton, Senior Associate, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Joshua is an employment law expert, with broad experience in advisory and contentious matters. He regularly advises clients on restraints of trade and protection of confidential information, performance and disciplinary processes, restructuring and redundancy, as well as industrial relations and collective bargaining matters.

Mike Mercer, Senior Solicitor, Simpson Grierson

Mike is a Senior Solicitor in Simpson Grierson’s Wellington office. Mike has experience in all aspects of employment law – advising on health and safety, disciplinary and dismissal processes, drafting employment agreements and workplace policies, personal grievance issues, performance management and holidays and leave issues.

Kerryn Douglas, Payroll Consultant

Kerryn founded her payroll consulting business in 2017 with a single mission: a professional, reliable and helpful payroll advice for small and medium size businesses. She approaches each client with fresh eyes and develop custom-made payroll solutions and training programs. With over 15 years of payroll experience, Kerryn has the in depth knowledge to provide payroll training that is practical and based on real life examples.

Running Wednesday 5 April 2023$325 + GST to attend
AND Wednesday 17 July 202310% discount for NFP or booking 2

What people say about attending:

Thank you, I feel better able to talk with my managers and give advice more clearly and back up with good rationale.  I really liked how Nikki gave us good examples on how to phrase your advice to your manager without getting them off-side

Learning about justifications re some of the case law – good to know why a decision was made, course was awesome thank you

A fantastic course overall. The fact that I came away with some essential knowledge meant I could come into work and confidently make changes

The Elephant team really know their stuff and are happy to answer every little niggling question I had

Looking for something more formal? What about our 12 month Certificate in Payroll Operations, which takes you through every area of operational payroll. You complete modules with assignments – personally marked by our team with feedback and coaching provided.

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