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

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.

08 May 2018

CourierPost contractor to pay more than $37k for employment breaches

A Kapiti company contracted to CourierPost must pay more than $37,000 for multiple breaches of employment law following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.

02 May 2018

Construction firm hammered with 19k penalty for employment breaches

An Auckland construction company has been penalised $19,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.

20 April 2018

Christchurch restaurants to pay $70k for multiple employment law breaches

A Christchurch company operating two Japanese restaurants has been penalised $70,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) after the Labour Inspectorate found them ignoring employment law.

11 April 2018

BP franchisee owes $250,000 for breaching employment law

Pegasus Energy Limited, which operated as a BP station in Hastings has been ordered to pay upwards of $132,000 in arrears to two ex-staff and $120,000 in penalties.