News and updates

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

28 January 2020

Compensation and cost award tables released

The compensation and cost award tables have been released for the July to December 2019 period.

15 January 2020

Employer held to task again, after exploiting workers via sham business

A Hawke’s Bay based horticulture employer, who breached labour laws in 2015, has again been penalised by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).

18 December 2019

Minimum wage to rise to $18.90 per hour

The Government has today confirmed that the adult minimum wage will increase from $17.70 to $18.90 on 1 April 2020.

16 December 2019

Holiday park and owner to pay $680,350 for gross worker exploitation

A North Island holiday business and its owner have been banned as employers, and will pay a record $680,350 in penalties and unpaid wage arrears to three migrant workers.

04 December 2019

Chorus UFB subcontractor personally liable for employment breaches

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has now penalised a third Chorus subcontractor for employment breaches following a Labour Inspectorate investigation which targeted more than 80 businesses.

27 November 2019

Your feedback to improve contractors’ rights

The Government is seeking your feedback on a range of options to reduce the vulnerability some contractors face in the workplace.

11 November 2019

Labour Inspectorate continues to hold directors personally liable for labour law breaches

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has penalised Satyam Limited and its director for breaching employment law.

29 October 2019

Christchurch restaurateurs penalised $120,000 after failure to repay workers

The Employment Relations Authority has ordered the Noori family and their business, Indian Heaven Ltd, to pay $118,799 in penalties for employment law breaches.

23 October 2019

$450,000 for “inexplicable and heinous” treatment of Hamilton liquor store employees

Husband and wife, Paramjeet Singh Parihar and Kuldip Kaur Parihar, who owned two Super Liquor stores in Hamilton have been penalised by the Employment Court.

22 October 2019

Labour Inspectorate chasing debt from employers

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has set up a debt collection unit targeting employers and individuals who have ignored orders to compensate workers.