Tackling temporary migrant worker exploitation
A $50 million government investment over the next four years will address temporary migrant worker exploitation in the New Zealand workplace.
Making staff redundant? It’s in your interest to follow a proper process
The COVID-19 situation continues to be stressful and challenging for many businesses.
Employers warned against illegal pay cuts
The Labour Inspectorate reminds employers of the need to follow legal procedures when making changes to workers’ pay or other agreed terms and conditions.
Applications for COVID-19 Workers and Workplaces Assistance Fund now open
Employment New Zealand invites business organisations, unions and community providers to register their interest in the COVID-19 Workers and Workplaces Assistance Fund.
Penalties for employment breaches upheld in Court
The Employment Court dismissed the challenge by Shalini Limited against penalties of $100,000 imposed by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) for migrant exploitation.
Paid parental leave extended
From 1 July 2020, the duration of parental leave payments is extended from 22 weeks to 26 weeks. Paid parental leave is intended to support families in the first months of their baby’s life.
New laws for triangular employment arrangements
The Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Act 2019 came into force on 28 June 2020.
Bonuses must be part of holiday pay calculations, Employment Court rules
The Labour Inspectorate and Metropolitan Glass & Glazing jointly filed a case with the Employment Court after being unable to agree on payments to be included in holiday pay calculations.
Contractors who believe they’re employees can go to the Employment Court
This week, the Employment Court ruled that Mika Leota, who worked as a courier driver at Parcel Express and was considered a contractor by the company, was in fact its employee.
Waikato berry grower to pay $170K for exploiting workers
The Employment Court has fined Matangi Berry Farm Limited and its director, Mr Jiubo Jiang, more than $127,000 for exploitation of workers.