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

24 January 2017

Minimum wage to increase by 50 cents to $15.75

The Government announced on 24 January 2017 that the minimum wage will increase by 50 cents to $15.75 on 1 April 2017.

12 January 2017

SmartStart: The best start for parents and babies

The eagerly anticipated online tool for new and expectant parents is now available. Now there’s one place to go for step-by-step information to help you and your baby get off to the best start.

11 January 2017

Indian clothing retailers ordered to pay $60,000 for intimidating ex-employees

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has ordered three owner-operators of Indian clothing stores in Auckland to pay $60,000 for intimidating two of their previous employees.

15 December 2016

Personal liability means no escape from paying staff, says Labour Inspectorate

The Labour Inspectorate has successfully applied to have ‘company officers’ made personally liable for $138,836 in arrears over the last month, after the companies went into liquidation.

14 December 2016

Horticulture labour for hire contractor to pay $428,000 for serious employment law breaches

A labour contracting business working on a vegetable farm in Bombay Hills must pay $428,164 in arrears and penalties for their breaches of employment law following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.

07 December 2016

Inspectorate says no more disguising business employees as ‘volunteers’

Businesses in NZ are being warned by the Labour Inspectorate about disguising business employees as ‘volunteers’ following a nationwide investigation that revealed some concerning practices.

30 November 2016

Employment Court's $100,000 ruling makes impact, says Labour Inspectorate

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has ordered a kebab shop in Rotorua to pay $73,661 in penalties and arrears following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.

09 November 2016

Migrant’s visa application declined after charging employment premium

An employer has repaid a $16,900 premium it and one of its employees received to help an employee with their visa, with a further $6,000 penalty ordered by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).

04 November 2016

Napier bakery pays $14,423 for employment law failures

The Brown Owl Bakery in Napier has paid penalties and arrears of $14,423 after being caught breaching multiple employment laws, including failing to pay minimum wage or keep employment records.

02 November 2016

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