Minimum wage rises to $17.70
Today the adult minimum wage becomes $17.70 per hour, up $1.20 from $16.50. This adds up to $708 for a 40-hour week.
New legal protections for employees affected by domestic violence
From 1 April 2019, people who are affected by domestic violence have new legal protections in the workplace.
Christchurch dairy and owner to pay more than $40,000 for worker exploitation
The owner of a Christchurch dairy will spend the next three months paying back an exploited migrant worker more than $26,000 in unpaid employment entitlements.
Canterbury bakers ordered to pay $115,000 for worker exploitation
A Canterbury bakery, its director and his wife have been ordered to pay over $115,000 plus interest, including $75,000 in wage arrears, for seriously exploiting and underpaying two migrant employees.
Business owners to personally pay for breaching employment standards
Two Employment Relations Authority (ERA) determinations have sent a strong message that both businesses and owners can be significantly penalised for breaching multiple employment standards.
Long-standing pub owners fined $30,000 for treating employees as casuals
Two Canterbury tavern owners have been ordered to pay $30,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) for 30 breaches of the Holidays Act
Wineries told to check supply chains in wake of second worker exploitation case
The Labour Inspectorate is calling on the viticulture industry to thoroughly check their supply chains to prevent wine being produced by exploited labour.
Forestry Shake-up as company penalised $35,000 and prevented from hiring migrants
A large forestry company has been penalised $35,000 at the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) for paying migrant employees less than the minimum wage
No holiday break for employment standards
Employment New Zealand is reminding businesses over the holiday season to keep employment standards up to scratch and be mindful of their supply chains to avoid the risk of a bad reputation.
Parliament passes changes to Employment Relations Act
The Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018, passed in Parliament yesterday, changes employment law with the aim to improve fairness in the workplace and deliver decent work conditions and fair wages.