Employment Standards Legislation Bill

The Employment Standards Legislation Bill came into force on 1 April 2016.

The Bill was passed to amend New Zealand employment laws to ensure they respond to the modern, dynamic business environment and encourage fair and productive workplaces.

The changes include:


The Bill made changes to the following legislation:

  • Employment Relations Act 2000
  • The Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987
  • Minimum Wage Act 1983
  • Holidays Act 2003
  • Wages Protection Act 1983


Cabinet papers on changes to Employment Legislation

Below are the papers provided to Cabinet summarising the changes in the Bill:


Regulatory Impact Statements