Employment Standards Legislation Bill
The Employment Standards Legislation Bill came into force on 1 April 2016.
The Bill was passed to amend New Zealand employment laws to ensure they respond to the modern, dynamic business environment and encourage fair and productive workplaces.
The changes include:
- Extending paid parental leave to more workers and increase the flexibility of the scheme
- Strengthening enforcement of employment standards
- Addressing issues such as “zero-hour contracts” and other unfair employment practices.
The Bill made 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
Cabinet papers on changes to Employment Legislation
Below are the papers provided to Cabinet summarising the changes in the Bill:
- Strengthening enforcement of Employment Standards [PDF 168KB]
- Addressing zero hours contracts and other practices [PDF 79KB]
- Modernising parental leave [PDF 159KB]
- Parental leave for parents of preterm babies [PDF 71KB]
- Employment Standards Legislation Bill – further policy decisions [PDF 61KB]
- Employment Standards Legislation Bill – supplementary order paper [PDF 32KB]
- Employment Standards Legislation Bill – accompanying regulations [PDF 66KB]