I work for specsavers and I've been told that I will get 80% of wages from the government over the lock down period and

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Customer: I work for specsavers and I've been told that I will get 80% of wages from the government over the lock down period and then from the 8 April I will have to use annual leave. If I have no leave they will continue to pay 80% from the government. Are they allowed to tell me to use my leave?
JA: Are you hourly or salaried? How many hours do you work each week?
Customer: Hourly on wages not salaried I work 38 but contact says 35
JA: Where are you located? Wage-and-hour laws vary by state.
Customer: Rotorua New Zealand
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No I just need to know my rights
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If they want you to use your annual leave this must be after discussions and with your consent and on 14 days notice under the Holidays Act. But they can reduce your wages after consultation and discussions and then decide to reduce, even if you do not agree
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I didn't think with the lock down that employers weren't allowed to make employees use their annual leave.
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They cannot, perhaps I didn’t explain that carefully. They can ask you to use it but cannot force you to use it. But they can cut your wages after going through a process
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