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

08 August 2018

Taxi drivers owed nearly $100,000 after sham contracting investigation

An employment determination has found a former taxi company in clear breach of minimum employment rights, by treating employees as contractors to save money.

26 July 2018

Domestic Violence - Victims Protection Bill becomes law

The Domestic Violence - Victims Protection Bill has passed its third reading in Parliament. It aims to enhance legal protections in the workplace for people affected by domestic violence.

11 July 2018

Japanese fishing company to pay 180k for exploitation of workers in NZ waters

A Japanese fishing company chartered by a New Zealand business has been ordered to pay more than $180,000 in arrears and penalties for serious employment breaches.

09 July 2018

Domino’s franchisees to pay more than $32,000 for employment breaches

Two companies, which operated as Domino’s pizza franchises in Auckland, have been penalised $32,400 for serious breaches of employment law, following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.

28 June 2018

Paid parental leave extension comes into effect

Paid parental leave extends from 18 weeks to 22 weeks this Sunday, 1 July. This is the first step in the Government’s plan to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks by 2020.

25 June 2018

Building companies penalised for turning blind eye to employment breaches

Two Auckland building companies operated by a sole director have been penalised $7,500 for serious breaches to employment law as well as failing to comply with an improvement notice.

20 June 2018

Farm penalised $45k for exploiting ‘volunteer’ workers

A farm near Christchurch has been penalised more than $45,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) for exploiting volunteer workers, following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.

14 June 2018

Employers must comply with current Holidays Act

The Holidays Act review does not mean employers can avoid meeting their current obligations, says Labour Inspectorate national manager Stu Lumsden.

18 May 2018

Kiwifruit picking company to pay $30k for employment law breaches

Repeated failure to meet minimum employment standards meant a Kiwifruit picking company from the Bay of Plenty was penalised $30,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).

11 May 2018

Employment Court rules retail chain must pay for all hours worked

A national retail chain must pay their employees for the pre-work meetings it had claimed were ‘optional’, after a failed bid to escape a Labour Inspectorate Improvement Notice.