News and updates

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

01 April 2021

The minimum wage increased on 1 April

The minimum wage has increased today with effect from 1 April 2021.

30 March 2021

Impacted services: RealMe login outage

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) are upgrading their RealMe services from 9pm on Friday 9 April to 9pm Sunday 11 April 2021.

26 March 2021

Labour Inspectors are visiting Hawke's Bay apple orchards this week

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Labour Inspectors are visiting Hawke’s Bay orchards this week.

25 March 2021

Bereavement leave to cover miscarriage, stillbirth

Employees will soon have the right to take paid time off work in the unfortunate event of a miscarriage or stillbirth, under law changes passed by Parliament yesterday.

22 March 2021

Tango i te kaupae muri - Take the next step conference

The Anglican Diocese of Wellington, U.S. Embassy, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) recently co-hosted the ‘Tango i te kaupae muri - Take the next step’ conference.

19 March 2021

Lower Hutt construction company to pay $42,000 for unlawful wage deductions

Tiger Construction NZ Limited has been ordered to pay $21,000 for making unlawful deductions from employees’ wages and a further $21,692 as reimbursement for the deductions to three migrant employees.

18 March 2021

Planning to open your business over the Easter or ANZAC holidays?

Regardless of Covid-19 Alert levels, there are some essential rules that apply over the Easter and ANZAC holidays that affect employer obligations to their employees and the ability of shops to trade.

02 March 2021

Canterbury grower fined $26,000 for employment law breaches against seasonal workers

Canterbury employer Christopher Gray, trading as Motukarara Asparagus, has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) to pay $26,000 in penalties for employment law breaches.

01 March 2021

Easier applications for paid parental leave

There is a simpler application process for new parents and primary carers to apply for paid parental leave.

23 February 2021

Government accepts Holidays Act Taskforce's recommendations

The Government has accepted the Holidays Act Taskforce's recommendations to improve the Holidays Act by making it clearer and providing greater certainty for employers and employees.