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News and updates

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

18 October 2021

Ten important facts every business and their employees should know about the COVID-19 Delta variant and the workplace

Here are 10 essential facts that employers and employees should know about their employment rights and responsibilities in the current COVID-19 Delta variant workplace environment.

28 September 2021

ARLA decision tips power balance for exploited workers in liquor retail

The decision to cancel liquor licences for five Canterbury liquor stores has been welcomed.

12 August 2021

Courier drivers who think they may be misclassified as contractors encouraged to come forward

The Labour Inspectorate is running a national campaign focusing on the employment status of courier drivers who may be missing out on employment rights because they are misclassified as contractors.

30 July 2021

Marking World Day against Trafficking in Persons

People trafficking still happens in New Zealand. Since 2015, there have been four people trafficking prosecutions, two of which were successfully convicted.

23 July 2021

Labour Inspectorate concludes inquiry into Gloriavale

The Labour Inspectorate has found that the members of the Gloriavale Christian community cannot currently be considered employees under New Zealand legislation.

21 July 2021

Sick leave increasing to 10 days – are you ready for the change?

The minimum sick leave entitlement is increasing from 5 to 10 days per year from 24 July 2021. Employees will get the extra five days at their next entitlement date.

19 July 2021

Workers’ rights key consideration for consumers

Knowing a business treats its workers fairly, “always or most of the time” is a key factor for consumers when deciding where to shop, with 50 per cent of consumers reporting it informs their decision.

13 July 2021

Restaurant director liable for penalties after exploiting worker

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has ordered Madhan Singh Bisht, director of Kiran Cuisine Limited, operating a restaurant in Auckland to pay full arrears of $75,026.18.

06 July 2021

Liquor store pays over $97,000 to workers after Labour Inspectorate investigation

The Employment Relations Authority have issued a determination ordering SS & PK Jador Limited, trading as Clevedon Road Liquor in Papakura, to pay $50,000 for breaching minimum employment standards.

02 July 2021

Government announces support to better protect migrants from exploitation

New measures have come into force on 1 July 2021. The changes are part of a wider Government initiative to combat all forms of exploitation, supported by $50 million in funding over 4 years.