Labour Inspectorate Position Statement Paid Rest Breaks
Minimum rights of employees
All employees, full-time, part-time, permanent, fixed-term or casual, are entitled to a copy of their (individual or collective) employment agreement in writing. The employment agreement must have terms and conditions which are at least as good as the minimum rights in the law.
Things an agreement must contain
The individual employment agreement must include:
Code of employment practice on infant feeding
Vineyard labour contractor to pay $73,081.70 for employment law breaches
Marlborough based business Precise Contracting Limited was found to have failed to provide 83 employees with minimum wage, correct holiday pay, or keep proper employment records.
The union members were seasonal workers employed under a collective agreement. During the off-season the workers were not paid and were free to work elsewhere, although the employer was obliged to re-engage workers according to seniority at the start of the new season.
Minimum employment rights and responsibilities
If a business closes down for a holiday period or seasonal break employees can be required to take annual holidays (or take unpaid time off). This is referred to as a 'closedown' and it can occur:
Breastfeeding in the workplace guide for employers