Security Officers – application to amend Schedule 1A

Security officers’ application to be added to the categories of employees that receive continuity of employment protections – Subpart 1 of Part 6A, Employment Relations Act 2000

MBIE has received an application to amend Schedule 1A of the Employment Relations Act to include security officers in the security industry.

Read the application [PDF, 239 KB]

Schedule 1A lists the categories of employees that receive the protections of Subpart 1 of Part 6A of the Act. This Subpart provides continuity of employment on the same terms and conditions for employees in the event of restructure from a company being sold or a contract being transferred.

Read more about how Subpart 1 of Part 6A operates on the Employment website (external link)

In order to be added to Schedule 1A certain criteria must be met

The Minister may make a recommendation to add security officers to Schedule 1A if he is satisfied that the following criteria are met for security officers. That they are:

  • Employees who are employed in a sector in which restructuring of their employer’s business occurs frequently; and
  • Their terms and conditions of employment tend to be undermined by the restructuring of an employer’s business; and
  • the employees have little bargaining power.

MBIE will be gathering evidence and reporting back to the Minister about whether or not the criteria have been met.

We have published a report and are calling for submissions

MBIE has now analysed the application and we consider it does meet the criteria in the Employment Relations Act. Read the report below.

MBIE is seeking your views on this report to inform further advice to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety on whether security officers should be added to Schedule 1A.

Submissions close at 5pm on 12 June 2020.

You can email your written submission to

Alternatively you can post your written response to:

Employment Relations Policy
Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
PO Box 1473
Wellington 6145

Last updated: 02 June 2020