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From 23 December 2023, 90-day trial periods are available for all employers. For more information, visit: 90-day trial periods extended to include all employers This site will be updated.

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Get ready for Easter and Anzac Day 01 March 2024

Any business opening over Easter or Anzac Day should be aware of their obligations as an employer. If their business is a 'shop', they should check the trading restrictions that may apply.

Minimum wage is increasing on 1 April. Are you ready? 02 February 2024

As a business owner or manager, you need to be ready for the minimum wage rates increase from 1 April 2024.

Exploited migrant employee felt like a prisoner 23 January 2024

A young migrant worker says she felt like a "prisoner" and regretted coming to New Zealand after being seriously exploited by her Central Otago employer for almost a year.

90-day trial periods extended to include all employers 22 December 2023

All employers in New Zealand, no matter their size, will be able to use 90-day trial periods, with effect from Saturday 23 December.

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