Employment standards are requirements such as the minimum wage, annual holidays and written employment agreements. They protect vulnerable workers and help to ensure workplaces are fair and competitive.

Pay Equity Task Force Return Delayed

The task force, consisting of unions and employers, was previously expected to report back at the end of March.  It will now report back by the end of April.  We will update you when we hear more.

Employment Mediation Services

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is making changes to its Employment Mediation Services to ensure they’re organised and resourced to:

Employment Standards Legislation Bill Passed Reading

The Employment Standards Legislation Bill has passed third reading in parliament and will come into force 1 April 2016.

Zero Hour Contracts

The Government wants to prevent unfair employment practices, and have now (from 1 April 2016) legislated against the use of Zero-hour contracts under the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2016.

Terranova Approach Zealand Entered Unchartered Domain

Dating back to the pre-industrial era, women in New Zealand have been paid less than men. Over time, discrimination against women in the workplace has been recognised, and legislation has been developed to prevent it. New Zealand’s labour and human rights laws prohibit discrimination in pay or employment opportunity, and provide equal pay for men and women doing the same job, in both the public and private sectors.  Despite the best intentions of the legislation, the gender pay gap has remained.  In the June 2014 quarter, the gender pay gap in New Zealand was 9.9 per cent.  This means that a typical New Zealand male earned about 10 per cent more for an hour’s work than a typical New Zealand female.[1]

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