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Let’s talk about pay: trends and changes to wage/salary negotiations

Money, money, money. A concept that both employers and employees can probably agree is one of the most important elements of working and business, and also something that can get stuck in your head, either in a good way or a bad way (similar to an ABBA song).  Money and pay are an integral part […]

Equal Pay Amendment Bill has been introduced to Parliament

25 September 2018: The Equal Pay Amendment Bill has been introduced to Parliament on the 125 year anniversary of women getting the vote. The Bill provides employees with the right to make a pay equity claim and sets out the process for the parties to follow if a claim has merit. The Bill specifies that […]

$2 billion pay equity settlement bill passes into law

The bill to implement a historic pay equity settlement for 55,000 of the health sector’s lowest paid workers passed into law on the 8th June, with unanimous support from across the House. The Care and Support Worker (Pay Equity) Settlement Bill was fast-tracked through Parliament to ensure providers of aged and disability residential care, and […]

Draft Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill

On 18 April 2017 the Government reached a settlement with the unions in the long running caregiver pay equity case. This settlement impacts on 55,000 workers in the Aged Care Sector, who from 1 July 2017 will receive a pay increase of between 15 and 50 per cent, depending on their qualifications and/or service. This […]

$2 billion pay equity settlement for 55,000 health care workers

On 18th April 2017, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman announced that some of the health sector’s lowest paid workers will share in a $2 billion pay equity settlement over five years. The wage boost follows the TerraNova pay equity claim brought by E tū (previously the Service and Food Workers Union) on behalf of care worker […]

Positive step forward for pay equity

State Services Minister Paula Bennett has welcomed an agreement with unions which will see the Government’s new pay equity principles applied for the first time. In November 2016, the Government announced it had accepted the recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity. The Principles were developed by the Joint Working Group on Pay […]

Govt accepts recommendations on pay equity

Pay equity claims to be resolved via a bargaining process. The Government will update the Equal Pay Act and amend the Employment Relations Act to implement recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity. This will make it easier for women to file pay equity claims with their employers, rather than having to go […]

Pay equity task force return delayed

A task force established to devise principles for dealing with pay equity claims has delayed its return. 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.

The ‘Terranova Approach’: Has New Zealand Entered an Unchartered Domain?

Extending Equal Pay to Pay Equity? 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, […]

Working group to pursue pay equity principles for workplaces

Paula Bennett, Michael Woodhouse 20 OCTOBER 2015 Employers and unions have agreed to a Government proposal to set up a Joint Working Group to develop principles for dealing with claims of pay equity under the Equal Pay Act. Minister of State Services Paula Bennett and Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Woodhouse say the […]

Human Rights Commission welcomes pay equity milestone

October 21, 2015 The Human Rights Commission has welcomed plans to set up a working group to develop agreed principles on pay equity for all sectors of the economy. Employers and unions agreed this week to a Government proposal to set up a Joint Working Group to develop principles to deal with pay equity claims […]

Equal pay case still in the pipeline

After the Employment Court and the Court of Appeal found that the Equal Pay Act is not limited to ensuring simply that men and women performing the same task in the same workplace are paid the same amount, the task of the principles to be observed in implementing equal pay in a broader context fell […]