Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill

The Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill was introduced to Parliament on July 26 2017, and aims to ensure female dominated jobs are remunerated correctly to address the pay imbalance created by systemic and historic sex-based undervaluation

The Bill provides a process and principles to guide employers and employees in making, assessing and resolving pay equity claims in bargaining. If passed, the Bill will repeal and replace the Equal Pay Act 1972 and the Government Service Equal Pay Act 1960, and amend the Employment Relations Act 2000.

In April 2017 MBIE sought written submissions on a public consultation document of the Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill.

Submissions closed on 11 May 2017. The submissions received represent views from individuals, union members, unions or worker associations, advocacy groups, employers, and law firms.

The changes to New Zealand’s equal pay legislation are proposed in response to the recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles.