Posted on: Mar 23, 2016
The Employment Standards Legislation Bill has passed third reading in parliament and will come into force 1 April 2016.
This Bill has been further amended divided off into the following separate Bills:
- Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill comprising clauses 1 and 2, Part 1, and Schedules 1 and 2
- Employment Relations Amendment Bill comprising Part 2 and Schedule 3
- Holidays Amendment Bill comprising Part 3 and Schedule 4
- Wages Protection Amendment Bill comprising Part 5 and Schedule 6
- Minimum Wage Amendment Bill comprising Part 4 and Schedule 5
The Bill amends New Zealand employment law to ensure it responds to the modern, dynamic business environment and encourages fair and productive workplaces.
The changes will:
- Extend paid parental leave to more workers and increase the flexibility of the scheme
- Strengthen enforcement of employment standards
- Address issues such as “zero-hour contracts” and other unfair employment practices.
The Bill makes changes to the following legislation:
- Employment Relations Act 2000
- The Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987
- Minimum Wage Act 1983
- Holidays Act 2003
- Wages Protection Act 1983
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