Consulting on options to improve contractors’ rights

Published: 26 November 2019

The Government is seeking feedback on possible options to address the vulnerability some contractors face in the workplace.

There are currently over 140,000 contractors in New Zealand, which is more than five per cent of all workers.

Many contractors have high bargaining power and choose self-employment because of the potential benefits, such as more choice, flexibility and control in their work lives.

However, some contractors are vulnerable to poor outcomes, because they lack both the protections offered to employees by law and the power to negotiate a better deal.

We are consulting on four groups of possible options to improve contractors’ rights and protect vulnerable workers:

  • deterring employers from misclassifying workers as contractors and not employees

  • making it easier for workers to access a determination of their employment status

  • changing who is an employee under New Zealand law

  • enhancing protections for contractors without making them employees.

We want to hear your thoughts on these possible changes and how they could be implemented, including how they might affect you. Your feedback will inform further policy work to progress the options.

Read the discussion document and find out how to submit your feedback.

We also want to hear about your experience of working as a contractor.

Take ten minutes to help shape the legal protections contractors get in New Zealand.

Complete the online survey(external link)

Please provide your feedback and comments by 5pm on 14 February 2020.