Strengthening Enforcement Employment Standards
Employment standards are requirements such as the minimum wage, annual holidays and written employment agreements. They protect vu…
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The Employment Standards Legislation Bill has passed third reading in parliament and will come into force 1 April 2016.
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.