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News and updates

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

20 September 2023

More support for exploited migrants

The Government has announced a short-term basic financial and welfare support package, including job search assistance, to individuals on the Migrant Exploitation Protection Visa (MEPV).

17 July 2023

Labour Inspectorate welcomes the Employment Court’s decision in the Pilgrim case

New Zealand’s courts provide an important role to challenge decisions and aspects of law, which this judgment has. It clarifies the applicants in the Pilgrim case are employees.

17 July 2023

New law to protect migrant workers

The Worker Protection (Migrant and Other Employees) Bill is now law and will protect vulnerable workers in Aotearoa New Zealand.

27 June 2023

Parental leave payments to increase

Parental leave payments will increase by 7.7% from Saturday 1 July to reflect the rise in average weekly earnings.

13 June 2023

Time to raise a personal grievance due to sexual harassment increases to 12 months

From 13 June 2023 employees will have 12 months to raise a personal grievance related to sexual harassment.

02 June 2023

Your employment guide to King's birthday

This year New Zealand will be celebrating the King’s birthday on Monday 5 June.

31 May 2023

Second package of Fair Pay Agreements Regulations

The second set of regulations, relating to the Fair Pay Agreement (FPA) process, was published on 11 May 2023 and come into effect on 8 June 2023.

18 April 2023

Church exploits vulnerable Korean migrants in elaborate wage scam

Trustees of Jesus Aroma Church, set up to promote and advance Christianity in New Zealand, has been ordered to pay more than $164,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).

12 April 2023

Bus transport industry’s Fair Pay Agreement application to initiate bargaining approved

The Chief Executive of the MBIE approved an application to initiate bargaining for a proposed Fair Pay Agreement (FPA) on 27 March 2023.

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.