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

05 April 2018

Business owner banned from employing staff after serious breaches

A Christchurch business owner has been banned from hiring staff for three years after he was found to have intentionally and persistently breached employment law.

29 March 2018

Minimum wage to increase to $16.50 per hour

The minimum wage will increase to $16.50 per hour on 1 April 2018.

16 March 2018

Restaurant chain owner fined over $40,000 for underpaying staff

An Indian restaurant chain has been fined more than $40,000 in penalties after several breaches to employment law, despite having paid more than $24,000 to staff in arrears previously.

06 March 2018

Tour company to pay $110,000 for employment breaches

A South Island based tour company has been ordered to pay more than $110,000 in penalties and arrears following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.

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.