Employment and skills
Employment legislation reviews
- Increasing the minimum sick leave entitlement
- Workplace relations in the screen industry
- Forced Labour Protocol
- Holidays Act Review
- Extending paid parental leave
- Equal Pay Amendment Act
- Law change for Easter Sunday shop trading
- Employment Standards Legislation Act
- Proposed Accident Compensation Appeal Tribunal
- Accident compensation dispute resolution review
- Reviewing regulated ACC payments for treatment
- Employment Relations Amendment Act
- Minimum wage reviews
- Sex work in New Zealand
- Changes to the process for setting pay for Members of Parliament
- Security officers – additional employment protections
- Updating Accident Compensation Review Costs Regulations
- Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day
- Changes to ACC’s Accredited Employers Programme
- Review framework for list of occupational diseases
- Contractor work in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Support workers – request for additional employment protections
- Employment legislation reviews
Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day
The Government has created a new one-off public holiday on 26 September 2022 to mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away on 8 September 2022, in the 71st year of her reign as Queen of New Zealand.
Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day Bill passes into law(external link) — Beehive.govt.nz
Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day is to be treated as
- a public holiday for the purpose of the Holidays Act 2003, and that Act will apply, with any necessary modifications, to the observance of the day; and
- a day on which schools are closed.
Standard Public Holiday requirements under the Holidays Act will apply.
Public holidays(external link) — Employment New Zealand
No shop trading restrictions or restrictions on the sale of liquor will apply to this public holiday.
Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day will be considered a non-working day for statutory and contractual provisions, where these express timeframes with reference to working days. September 26 is also South Canterbury Anniversary Day. Under s44 Holidays Act 2003, when 2 public holidays fall on the same day, employees only get 1 day off.
Local authorities have the ability to set, add to, or change the provincial anniversary day holidays. It is up to the relevant local authorities to decide whether or not to move South Canterbury Day.