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Keep up to date with news from across Employment New Zealand.

28 January 2019

Business owners to personally pay for breaching employment standards

Two Employment Relations Authority (ERA) determinations have sent a strong message that both businesses and owners can be significantly penalised for breaching multiple employment standards.

16 January 2019

Long-standing pub owners fined $30,000 for treating employees as casuals

Two Canterbury tavern owners have been ordered to pay $30,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) for 30 breaches of the Holidays Act

11 January 2019

Wineries told to check supply chains in wake of second worker exploitation case

The Labour Inspectorate is calling on the viticulture industry to thoroughly check their supply chains to prevent wine being produced by exploited labour.

20 December 2018

Forestry Shake-up as company penalised $35,000 and prevented from hiring migrants

A large forestry company has been penalised $35,000 at the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) for paying migrant employees less than the minimum wage

18 December 2018

No holiday break for employment standards

Employment New Zealand is reminding businesses over the holiday season to keep employment standards up to scratch and be mindful of their supply chains to avoid the risk of a bad reputation.

06 December 2018

Parliament passes changes to Employment Relations Act

The Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018, passed in Parliament yesterday, changes employment law with the aim to improve fairness in the workplace and deliver decent work conditions and fair wages.

06 December 2018

Dunedin pair to pay $11,500 for breaching employment law

Two Dunedin restaurant employers have been ordered to pay $11,500 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).

21 November 2018

Exploitation of single worker results in $188,500 to be paid

A Christchurch suburban dairy and its owners have been ordered to pay $85,000 in penalties for exploiting and underpaying a staff member by more than $103,000 over a four-year period.

15 November 2018

Canterbury Trotting Club fined $10,000 for underpaying staff

The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Inc. (the Trotting Club) has been ordered to pay a $10,000 penalty by the ERA for failure to pay more than 50 employees their correct holiday pay.

08 November 2018

Waikato company and director to pay $37,500 for employment breaches

A Waikato company has been ordered to pay $25,000, and similarly its sole director has been ordered to pay $12,500 by the ERA for exploiting six staff underpaid by more than $17,300.