Labour Inspectorate

The Labour Inspectorate enforces and monitors minimum employment standards.

The Labour Inspectorate works to ensure minimum employment standards are complied with, so that:

  • all employees receive their minimum employment rights, and
  • all employers operate in fair market places free of non-compliant businesses that may have an unfair advantage. 

The Labour Inspectorate ensures compliance with employment standards by identifying and investigating breaches and taking enforcement action. The Inspectorate provides early resolution assistance for some complaints about breaches of employment standards. It also works with industry and sector leadership and other key parties to strengthen the systems that underpin employment standards compliance.

Labour Inspectors

Labour Inspectors make sure that workplaces meet at least the minimum standards and requirements of employment law.

Labour Standards Officers

Labour Standards Officers receive and assess complaints about breaches of employment standards.

Addressing Holidays Act non-compliance

The Labour Inspectorate supports employers to comply with the Holidays Act 2003 through government-industry workstreams, audits and investigations, and education and information.

Employers who have breached minimum employment standards

All employers are required to comply with minimum employment standards. Employers who have breached employment standards are restricted from recruiting migrant workers.

Misclassification of courier drivers’ employment status

The Labour Inspectorate’s national campaign to identify and assist courier drivers misclassified as contractors has now concluded.

Page last revised: 09 October 2020

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