News and updates

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

22 February 2021

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 Thursday, 1 April 2021.

22 February 2021

Importance of mental health during COVID-19

Guidance on how to spot signs that an employee and/or a colleague is struggling and start a delicate conversation.

16 February 2021

Can employers make employees take leave during alert levels 3 and 4?

If workers are not able to come into their usual place of work, employers are encouraged to ask individual workers to work from home while the risk is addressed, and pay them normally.

10 February 2021

Thirsty Liquor Tokoroa loses alcohol license after employment law non-compliance

The South Waikato District Licensing Committee has declined an application for a liquor license renewal sought by Two Brothers Wholesale Limited, Trading as Thirsty Liquor Tokoroa.

20 January 2021

Waitangi Day 2021 – top seven employment tips you need to know

This year, Waitangi Day falls on Saturday 6 February and is observed on that day or Monday 8 February. Here are seven things you need to know about rights for employees and obligations for employers.

07 January 2021

Canterbury liquor retailer and director to pay $125,000 for worker exploitation

The Employment Relations Authority ordered Nekita Enterprises Limited, a business that operated a number of bottle stores across Canterbury, to pay $90,000 in penalties for breaching employment laws.

24 December 2020

Papatoetoe bottle store to pay $46,000 for exploiting worker

A bottle store in Papatoetoe is the latest bottle store to be penalised and ordered to pay arrears for exploiting a migrant worker by breaching their employment rights.

23 December 2020

Minimum sick leave entitlement proposed to increase from 2021

The Government has introduced the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill to increase the minimum employee sick leave entitlement from 5 days per year to 10 days per year.

17 December 2020

The minimum wage is increasing – make sure you are prepared

The Government confirmed today that the adult minimum wage will increase, from $18.90 to $20.00 per hour on 1 April 2021.

16 December 2020

Tauranga superette and director to pay $60,000 after exploiting worker

Shah Enterprise NZ Limited, a superette in Tauranga trading as Greerton Foodmarket, was ordered by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) to pay $32,000 in penalties.