News and updates

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

22 March 2023

Opening your business over the Easter or ANZAC holidays

If your business is opening over the Easter and ANZAC holidays, you should be aware of the rules around employer obligations to their employees, and the ability of shops to trade.

14 February 2023

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

As a business owner or manager, you need to be ready for the increase in minimum wage rates from Saturday, 1 April 2023.

08 February 2023

Floods: Employment guidance and support

What you need to know if you’ve been affected by the floods in Auckland, Waikato, Waitomo or Tairāwhiti.

08 February 2023

Former liquor store employees to be paid outstanding dues

Five former employees of Auckland-based liquor stores will get a total $259,685 in arrears, after the Employment Court found their former employers guilty of violating minimum pay and holiday rules.

19 January 2023

Foodstuffs South Island stores fined for blatant violation of Shop Trading Hours

Two Foodstuffs South Island co-operative stores in Wanaka have been fined in the Christchurch District Court for violating Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 by opening on Good Friday in 2022.

19 December 2022

Samra Holdings to pay penalties of over $1.55 million

In a landmark judgment, the Employment Court ordered the Samra Holdings group of companies and a person involved in breaches of minimum employment standards to pay penalties of over $1.55 million.

01 December 2022

The Fair Pay Agreement system is up and running

The Fair Pay Agreements system comes into effect on 1 December, which means eligible unions can start the process to initiate a Fair Pay Agreement.

15 November 2022

Employment breaches cost convenience store $28,000

The Labour Inspectorate is reminding employers that they are required to keep accurate wages, time, holiday and leave records under the Employment Relations Act 2000 and Holidays Act 2003.

02 November 2022

Fair Pay Agreements Bill passes into law

The Fair Pay Agreements Bill has been passed into law, with the new bargaining system to take effect on 1 December 2022.

15 September 2022

Most COVID-19 rules have now ended

New Zealand’s COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) ended at 11.59pm on Monday 12 September.