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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