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

22 December 2017

Minimum wage to increase to $16.50 per hour

The government today announced the minimum wage will increase by 75 cents to $16.50 per hour on 1 April 2018.

21 December 2017

Pay your people their entitlements this Christmas, says Inspectorate

The Labour Inspectorate says businesses should learn from the case of an Auckland restaurant penalised in the Employment Relations Authority (ERA), and pay employees properly this Christmas.

06 December 2017

Employers must follow the law when paying alternative holidays, says Inspectorate

Following an ERA determination relating to Wendco (NZ) Limited, the Labour Inspectorate is advising businesses to take steps to meet their obligations under the Holidays Act.

01 December 2017

Paid parental leave extended

The Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill has passed its third reading in parliament.

02 November 2017

Auckland restaurants to pay nearly $200,000 for employment breaches

A Labour Inspectorate investigation has uncovered employment breaches in a series of connected Asian restaurants in Auckland, who now must pay nearly $200,000.

02 November 2017

Chinese newspaper to pay more than $140,000 for employment breaches

A prominent Chinese New Zealand newspaper must pay more than $140,000 for employment breaches following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.

25 October 2017

Inspectorate warns businesses that poor assurances can endanger brands

The Labour Inspectorate is calling for large brands and franchisors to take a stronger hand in ensuring those at the bottom of their supply chain receive what they’re owed.

19 October 2017

Mental wellbeing at work - toolkit launched

On 10th of October, World Mental Health Day, the Mental Health Foundation and Health Promotion Agency launched a toolkit to support workplaces to boost wellbeing and create flourishing teams.

19 October 2017

Dumpling supplier to pay more than $15,000 for employment breaches

A dumpling supplier in Christchurch has been ordered to pay more than $15,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) after a Labour Inspectorate investigation found breaches.

18 October 2017

Construction company to pay $6000 for poor employment records

A construction company in Auckland has been penalised $6000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) after a Labour Inspectorate investigation found breaches of record keeping.