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New Zealand Employment

New Zaland Employment

Employment law in New Zealand is divided into two types of employment rights. Some rights listed set the minimum wage and benefits employees must be given, and the others set the manner in which employees should be treated in their place of work.

Employers are required by law to provide their employees with a working place which is safe, with proper supervision, equipment and training.

Employees are, in their turn, required take much care in keeping themselves and their colleague safe during the work course.


The Health and Safety site of the Department of Labor lists in great detail the obligations and rights of employers and employees in relation to safety and health.
Since the year 2000, written agreements of employment have been mandatory in New Zealand. Such agreements can be either individual or collective. To aid business managers and owners with drafting employment agreements, the Employment Agreement Builder was created by the Department of Labor.

Minimum wage has two levels. One level is for new entrant employees from ages 16 to 17 or those who are on the minimum training wage, and another level for employees aged 16 and above.

Employees must be given at least minimum wage if they are: fulltime employees, casual or part-time employees, home-based workers, or paid completely or partially by commission on a piece rate.

Currently, the New Zealand minimum wage for adults is NZ$12.50/hour. This means NZ$100 for an eight-hour day, and NZ$500 for a 40-hour week.

The minimum wage rate for new entrants and training is NZ$10/hour which is NZ$80 for an 8-hour day, and NZ$400 for a 40-hour week.


New Zealand employees are entitled to 4 weeks paid yearly holidays, which is usually taken on the anniversary of the date on which employee started working.


But the leave can be availed of at any time, subject to the agreement between the employer and the employee. The opportunity to take a continuous leave of 2 to 4 weeks must be given employees should they wish to do so.


If an employee should resign from a company prior to completing a whole year of employment, the employer owes him only 8 percent of the gross earnings as holiday pay. Each year, New Zealand has eleven 11 public holidays as listed in the 2003 Holiday Act.


If a holiday occurs on a normal working day, employees are entitled to payment for that day.

If an employee works on the public holiday, he must be compensated for the greater of time plus half or the rate written in the employment agreement. Also, if the holiday falls on a normal working day, employees are also given the privilege to another holiday.Employees who have been with the company for 6 months are entitled to sick leave, parental leave, and bereavement leave. Every year, employees are entitled to at least 5 days of paid sick leave. Those leave days can be used for themselves, their partner, or any person depending on them for care during events of injury or sickness. Sick leave that is unused can be stored until up to 15 days, making it possible to avail of a total of 20 days entitlement.

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