News and updates

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

23 July 2020

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.

14 July 2020

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.

06 July 2020

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.

01 July 2020

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.

01 July 2020

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.

28 June 2020

New laws for triangular employment arrangements

The Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Act 2019 came into force on 28 June 2020.

19 May 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.

15 May 2020

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.

30 April 2020

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.

23 April 2020

Limited business activities allowed to prepare for Alert Level 3

The Government has announced that businesses and other organisations can undertake limited activities on their premises to prepare for the move to Alert Level 3.