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Waitangi Day 2021 – top seven employment tips you need to know 20 January 2021

This year, Waitangi Day falls on Saturday 6 February and is observed on that day or Monday 8 February. Here are seven things you need to know about rights for employees and obligations for employers.

Canterbury liquor retailer and director to pay $125,000 for worker exploitation 07 January 2021

The Employment Relations Authority ordered Nekita Enterprises Limited, a business that operated a number of bottle stores across Canterbury, to pay $90,000 in penalties for breaching employment laws.

Minimum sick leave entitlement proposed to increase from 2021 23 December 2020

The Government has introduced the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill to increase the minimum employee sick leave entitlement from 5 days per year to 10 days per year.

The minimum wage is increasing – make sure you are prepared 17 December 2020

The Government confirmed today that the adult minimum wage will increase, from $18.90 to $20.00 per hour on 1 April 2021.

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