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Employment law changes come into force today

A number of employment legislation changes have come into force today.

A number of employment legislation changes have come into force today.

These include the minimum wage increasing to $15.25 an hour and the starting out and training hourly wage increasing to $12.20 an hour.

Parental leave payments are increasing from 16 weeks to 18 weeks.

Parental leave payments are also extended to non-standard workers (such as casual, seasonal, and employees with more than one employer) and those who have recently changed jobs.

Parental leave and payments also become available to eligible primary carers other than just biological or formal adoptive parents including Home for Life carers, whāngai, and grandparents raising a child in place of the child’s parents.

Eligible parents of preterm babies will be able to receive additional weekly payments – up to 13 weeks – for each week the baby was born prior to the 37 week gestation period.

Other changes to strengthen the enforcement of minimum employment standards and end unfair practices such as zero-hours contracts and unreasonable deductions also come into force today.