News and updates

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

02 November 2022

Fair Pay Agreements Bill passes into law

The Fair Pay Agreements Bill has been passed into law, with the new bargaining system to take effect on 1 December 2022.

15 September 2022

Most COVID-19 rules have now ended

New Zealand’s COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) ended at 11.59pm on Monday 12 September.

15 September 2022

Public holiday to mark passing of Queen Elizabeth II

To mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the Government has announced a one-off national public holiday, to take place on Monday 26 September 2022.

12 September 2022

Employment Court finds employer was not entitled to require lockdown leave, due to process errors

The Employment Court has ruled that Carter Holt Harvey LVL did not consult adequately with its employees before requiring them to take annual leave during the nationwide Level 4 lockdown in 2020.

07 July 2022

Labour Inspectorate enforcement yields $313k

Enforcement action has recovered wage arrears and penalties in excess of $313,000 from the owner of Dunedin-based Romeeco Bakery.

30 June 2022

Changes to COVID-19 reinfection advice

The Ministry of Health has updated its advice around possible reinfection with COVID-19 within 90 days of a previous infection, in light of evidence that reinfections can occur earlier than 90 days.

15 June 2022

Parental leave payments to increase

Parental leave payments will increase by 6.33% from Friday, 1 July 2022, to match the rise in the average weekly earnings.

08 June 2022

Takeaway delivery driver an employee, ERA finds

A driver delivering takeaway food via an online app was an employee of the company providing the platform, and not an independent contractor, the Employment Relations Authority has found.

08 June 2022

New Zealand celebrates first Matariki public holiday

The Matariki public holiday – the first public holiday to recognise Te Ao Māori – will be on Friday 24 June 2022.

12 April 2022

Matariki public holiday

The Matariki Public Holiday Bill has been passed.