News and updates

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

18 April 2023

Church exploits vulnerable Korean migrants in elaborate wage scam

Trustees of Jesus Aroma Church, set up to promote and advance Christianity in New Zealand, has been ordered to pay more than $164,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).

22 March 2023

Opening your business over the Easter or ANZAC holidays

If your business is opening over the Easter and ANZAC holidays, you should be aware of the rules around employer obligations to their employees, and the ability of shops to trade.

14 February 2023

Minimum wage is increasing on 1 April. Are you ready?

As a business owner or manager, you need to be ready for the increase in minimum wage rates from Saturday, 1 April 2023.

08 February 2023

Floods: Employment guidance and support

What you need to know if you’ve been affected by the floods in Auckland, Waikato, Waitomo or Tairāwhiti.

08 February 2023

Former liquor store employees to be paid outstanding dues

Five former employees of Auckland-based liquor stores will get a total $259,685 in arrears, after the Employment Court found their former employers guilty of violating minimum pay and holiday rules.

19 January 2023

Foodstuffs South Island stores fined for blatant violation of Shop Trading Hours

Two Foodstuffs South Island co-operative stores in Wanaka have been fined in the Christchurch District Court for violating Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 by opening on Good Friday in 2022.

19 December 2022

Samra Holdings to pay penalties of over $1.55 million

In a landmark judgment, the Employment Court ordered the Samra Holdings group of companies and a person involved in breaches of minimum employment standards to pay penalties of over $1.55 million.

15 November 2022

Employment breaches cost convenience store $28,000

The Labour Inspectorate is reminding employers that they are required to keep accurate wages, time, holiday and leave records under the Employment Relations Act 2000 and Holidays Act 2003.

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.