News and updates

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

10 March 2022

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 on Friday, 1 April 2022.

14 February 2022

Labour Inspectorate responds to sharp rise of complaints in dairy sector

The Labour Inspectorate, along with the Tenancy Compliance Investigations Team, will visit dairy farms later this month to assess their compliance with minimum standards of employment and tenancy.

08 February 2022

Have your say on the New Zealand Income Insurance Scheme

Every year, more than 100,000 New Zealanders are made redundant, laid off, or have to stop working because of a health condition or disability.

14 January 2022

Ignorance not an insurance from personal liability, court rules in Southern Taxis case

Individuals cannot protect themselves from personal liability by claiming they were unaware that they had breached the law, the Court of Appeal has ruled in a case.

14 December 2021

Workers stood down still entitled to minimum wage

The Court of Appeal has overturned the Employment Court’s ruling that employees who did not work during the lockdown were not entitled to be paid minimum wage.

29 November 2021

Five employment tips for public holidays over Christmas and New Year

These are five things to note for employers and employees to prepare for the upcoming holiday season.

23 November 2021

Legal case of interest: Applying commission in calculating ordinary weekly pay

This case looks into whether productivity or incentive-based payments were a regular part of an employee’s pay for the purposes of calculating ordinary weekly pay under the Holidays Act 2003.

17 November 2021

ERA penalises Brews Liquor stores $34,000 for migrant worker exploitation

The liquor retail sector is once again in the spotlight for disregarding minimum employment standards.

03 November 2021

ERA orders Dunedin bakery to pay $299k after Labour Inspectorate investigation

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has ordered the Dunedin based Romeeco Bakery owner to pay $299,038 in arrears and penalties.

26 October 2021

Government announces COVID-19 workplace vaccination legislation

The Government has announced new legislation outlining workplace vaccination requirements, taking the next step in stopping the spread of COVID-19.