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New plan of action against forced labour, people trafficking and slavery launched 17 March 2021

An all-of-government plan of action against human trafficking, forced labour and slavery has been released.

Government accepts Holidays Act Taskforce’s recommendations 23 February 2021

The Government has accepted the Holidays Act Taskforce’s 22 recommendations which aim to improve the Holidays Act by making it clearer and providing greater certainty for employers and employees.

Matariki Advisory Group appointed 04 February 2021

The Government has established a Matariki Advisory Group, to determine when and how Aotearoa will celebrate Matariki together as a public holiday from 2022.

Minimum wage rising to $20 per hour from 1 April 2021 17 December 2020

The Workplace Relations and Safety Minister has announced that the adult minimum wage will be rising to $20.00 per hour from 1 April 2021.

Better protection for security guards 08 December 2020

The Government is moving to better protect security guards’ pay and conditions by adding them to Schedule 1A of the Employment Relations Act. 

Bill to increase employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement 01 December 2020

The Government has announced it will introduce a Bill to Parliament to increase employees’ minimum entitlement to sick leave from five days, to 10 days.

Changes to the Equal Pay Act 06 November 2020

Changes to the Equal Pay Act come into effect today, establishing a practical and accessible process to raise and consider pay equity claims.

Seasonal work visa available to more people 24 September 2020

The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in the horticulture and viticulture industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment.

More border exceptions for critical roles 24 September 2020

The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators.

Seeking public feedback on the systems that prevent and respond to bullying and harassment at work 31 August 2020

Bullying and harassment (including sexual harassment) at work are complex problems, which can have significant impacts on workers, businesses, wider community, and the economy.

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