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

14 February 2018

Farmers should aim to be best practice employers, says Inspectorate

The Labour Inspectorate is calling for dairy farmers to get it sorted in 2018 with compliant records, agreements, and all employees receiving at least the minimum wage for every hour worked.

09 February 2018

Investigation finds Wellington café breaching employment law

A popular Cuba Street café was fined $2000 and stood down from issuing visas to recruit migrant labour for six months after the Labour Inspectorate found them breaching their obligations.

08 February 2018

Bay of Plenty business fined $12,000 for poor employment practises

A Labour Inspectorate investigation has found Ahead Limited, a business that provides labour to kiwifruit businesses, made several breaches to employment law.

05 February 2018

West Coast shows increased employment and immigration compliance

The Labour Inspectorate and Immigration New Zealand (INZ) found increased employment and immigration compliance in the West Coast following visits to businesses in the region last week.

25 January 2018

Government announces amendments to the Employment Relations Act

Today the Government announced a new Bill that will amend the Employment Relations Act 2000.

11 January 2018

Organic farm exploits ‘thousands’ of travellers through volunteer scheme

An organic farm near Christchurch was ruled to have breached the rights of workers it said were volunteers by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA), following an Inspectorate investigation.

22 December 2017

Minimum wage to increase to $16.50 per hour

The government today announced the minimum wage will increase by 75 cents to $16.50 per hour on 1 April 2018.

21 December 2017

Pay your people their entitlements this Christmas, says Inspectorate

The Labour Inspectorate says businesses should learn from the case of an Auckland restaurant penalised in the Employment Relations Authority (ERA), and pay employees properly this Christmas.

06 December 2017

Employers must follow the law when paying alternative holidays, says Inspectorate

Following an ERA determination relating to Wendco (NZ) Limited, the Labour Inspectorate is advising businesses to take steps to meet their obligations under the Holidays Act.

01 December 2017

Paid parental leave extended

The Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill has passed its third reading in parliament.