News and updates

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

22 April 2020

What businesses need to know for Anzac Day 2020

This year New Zealanders will commemorate Anzac Day whilst we are at Alert Level 4 to fight against COVID-19.

16 April 2020

Alert Level 3 workplace restrictions detail released

On 16 April 2020 the Prime Minister announced what life will look like in New Zealand at Alert Level 3.

15 April 2020

Changes to the Employment Relations Act while the Epidemic Notice is in place

The government has decided that some rules for collective bargaining will be temporarily modified in the Employment Relations Act while the current Epidemic Notice is in place.

08 April 2020

Wage Subsidy Scheme: Information available about employers who have received payments

Work and Income have released a list of businesses that have received the Wage Subsidy Scheme. Here are the steps to find out if your employer has received a payment.

04 April 2020

Waikato berry grower to pay $76K for labour law breaches

Olde Berry Farm Limited and its director were ordered by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) to pay $76,532 for employment law breaches uncovered by the Labour Inspectorate.

01 April 2020

Guidance for essential businesses on Easter trading during Alert Level 4

On 31 March 2020, the Government announced that during Alert Level 4, supermarkets will be required to be closed as usual on Good Friday but will be able to open on Easter Sunday.

29 March 2020

Workplace response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Workplace guidance for employers and employees on COVID-19 (as at 29 March 2020)

19 March 2020

Minimum wage increases from 1 April 2020

The adult minimum wage will increase $1.20 from $17.70 to $18.90 per hour on 1 April 2020.

16 March 2020

Grower failures undermining horticulture industry efforts

Employment and immigration breaches found in Hastings and Pukekohe during a proactive investigation into horticulture work conditions have alarmed Labour Inspectors and Immigration Officers.

20 February 2020

Large groups of workers still paid below minimum wage

The Labour Inspectorate has found 136 businesses across Auckland and Northland that were paying workers below the minimum wage over the past five years.