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

18 April 2019

Planning to work over the upcoming Easter or ANZAC holidays?

There are some employment questions that regularly arise over the Easter and ANZAC holidays. See the answers.

17 April 2019

Regulator says Chorus changes are a chance to lead

Chorus are taking a leadership role in addressing the worker exploitation issues found in their supply chain, and is calling for other large companies to do the same.

01 April 2019

Minimum wage rises to $17.70

Today the adult minimum wage becomes $17.70 per hour, up $1.20 from $16.50. This adds up to $708 for a 40-hour week.

31 March 2019

New legal protections for employees affected by domestic violence

From 1 April 2019, people who are affected by domestic violence have new legal protections in the workplace.

13 March 2019

Christchurch dairy and owner to pay more than $40,000 for worker exploitation

The owner of a Christchurch dairy will spend the next three months paying back an exploited migrant worker more than $26,000 in unpaid employment entitlements.

19 February 2019

Canterbury bakers ordered to pay $115,000 for worker exploitation

A Canterbury bakery, its director and his wife have been ordered to pay over $115,000 plus interest, including $75,000 in wage arrears, for seriously exploiting and underpaying two migrant employees.

28 January 2019

Business owners to personally pay for breaching employment standards

Two Employment Relations Authority (ERA) determinations have sent a strong message that both businesses and owners can be significantly penalised for breaching multiple employment standards.

16 January 2019

Long-standing pub owners fined $30,000 for treating employees as casuals

Two Canterbury tavern owners have been ordered to pay $30,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) for 30 breaches of the Holidays Act

11 January 2019

Wineries told to check supply chains in wake of second worker exploitation case

The Labour Inspectorate is calling on the viticulture industry to thoroughly check their supply chains to prevent wine being produced by exploited labour.

20 December 2018

Forestry Shake-up as company penalised $35,000 and prevented from hiring migrants

A large forestry company has been penalised $35,000 at the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) for paying migrant employees less than the minimum wage