News and updates

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

19 May 2020

Bonuses must be part of holiday pay calculations, Employment Court rules

The Labour Inspectorate and Metropolitan Glass & Glazing jointly filed a case with the Employment Court after being unable to agree on payments to be included in holiday pay calculations.

15 May 2020

Contractors who believe they’re employees can go to the Employment Court

This week, the Employment Court ruled that Mika Leota, who worked as a courier driver at Parcel Express and was considered a contractor by the company, was in fact its employee.

30 April 2020

Waikato berry grower to pay $170K for exploiting workers

The Employment Court has fined Matangi Berry Farm Limited and its director, Mr Jiubo Jiang, more than $127,000 for exploitation of workers.

23 April 2020

Limited business activities allowed to prepare for Alert Level 3

The Government has announced that businesses and other organisations can undertake limited activities on their premises to prepare for the move to Alert Level 3.

22 April 2020

What businesses need to know for Anzac Day 2020

This year New Zealanders will commemorate Anzac Day whilst we are at Alert Level 4 to fight against COVID-19.

16 April 2020

Alert Level 3 workplace restrictions detail released

On 16 April 2020 the Prime Minister announced what life will look like in New Zealand at Alert Level 3.

15 April 2020

Changes to the Employment Relations Act while the Epidemic Notice is in place

The government has decided that some rules for collective bargaining will be temporarily modified in the Employment Relations Act while the current Epidemic Notice is in place.

08 April 2020

Wage Subsidy Scheme: Information available about employers who have received payments

Work and Income have released a list of businesses that have received the Wage Subsidy Scheme. Here are the steps to find out if your employer has received a payment.

04 April 2020

Waikato berry grower to pay $76K for labour law breaches

Olde Berry Farm Limited and its director were ordered by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) to pay $76,532 for employment law breaches uncovered by the Labour Inspectorate.

01 April 2020

Guidance for essential businesses on Easter trading during Alert Level 4

On 31 March 2020, the Government announced that during Alert Level 4, supermarkets will be required to be closed as usual on Good Friday but will be able to open on Easter Sunday.