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Employment Standards Bill passed

The Employment Standards Legislation Bill has passed third reading in parliament and will come into force 1 April 2016.

The changes will:

  • Extend paid parental leave to more workers and increase the flexibility of the scheme
  • Strengthen enforcement of employment standards
  • Address issues such as “zero-hour contracts” and other unfair employment practices. 

The Bill makes changes to the following legislation:

  •   Employment Relations Act 2000
  •   The Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987
  •   Minimum Wage Act 1983
  •   Holidays Act 2003
  •   Wages Protection Act 1983 

Before the new law comes into force, MBIE will provide information and education to employers, including small businesses, and employees.

Read more about the Employment Standards Legislation Bill (external link) .

Read the Minister's press release (external link) .