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Change to height and volume of dams impacted by the dam safety regulations 05 April 2024

The Government has listened to feedback and has made a change to the size of dams impacted by the regulations, to reduce the number of dams that need to comply.

Final changes to ACC’s Accredited Employers Programme confirmed 02 April 2024

Changes to ACC’s Accredited Employers Programme (AEP) aim to deliver a better experience for businesses and workers whose work injury claims are handled by the organisation directly, rather than through ACC.

Report released into safety assessments of boarding houses 27 March 2024

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has released its report into the proactive assessment of multi-storey boarding houses.

Opening for business or working this Easter? Know your rights and responsibilities 27 March 2024

The Labour Inspectorate is reminding employers and employees of their rights and responsibilities leading up to the Easter period.

Putting the freeze on unsafe bathroom heaters – Voluntary recalls on Serene S2068 heaters 26 March 2024

Retailers are voluntarily recalling unsafe wall-mounted bathroom heaters.

Minimum wage rising to $23.15 per hour from 1 April 2024 01 February 2024

The Workplace Relations and Safety Minister has announced that the adult minimum wage will be rising to $23.15 per hour from 1 April 2024. This is an increase of 45 cents per hour from the current hourly rate of $22.70.

Extending the availability of 90-day trial periods to all employers 12 December 2023

The Government has announced its intention to progress legislation to extend the availability of 90-day trial periods to all employers.

Repeal of Fair Pay Agreements legislation 11 December 2023

The Government is in the process of repealing the Fair Pay Agreements legislation.

Spring’s Junction Café fined a second time for employment breaches 05 September 2023

Spring’s Junction Café and Motor Inn based in South Island, and its director, must pay $36,000 in penalties after breaching multiple minimum employment standards during the pandemic in 2020. The firm was penalised for similar offences in 2016.

Parental leave payments to increase from 1 July 2023 19 June 2023

The Associate Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety announced today that parental leave payments will increase by 7.7 percent from 1 July 2023, to reflect the 7.7 percent rise in the average weekly earnings.