Did you know that all workers have the same employment rights in New Zealand, no matter what their visa status? Employers have an obligation to ensure all their employees are receiving their minimum employment rights. Don’t get taken advantage of, know your rights.
Minimum employment rights include:
More information about minimum employment rights is available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Employment New Zealand site(external link) or you can call their contact centre on 0800 20 90 20 help and advice.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has produced a handy online brochure(external link) that provides an overview of the rights and obligations of employers and employees. It provides useful information about public and annual holidays and leave; health and safety; minimum pay rates; and rules around paying wages.
This brochure, which is called “Minimum employment rights and obligations” has been translated into various languages.
The languages available are below:
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment provides information about, and investigates problems to do with, employment and workplace health and safety. They can help employers and employees with enquiries about employment conditions, legal requirements, problem resolution, and ways to work better.
For more information, or if you have any questions please visit the Ministry's website(external link) or call free of charge on 0800 20 90 20.
The New Zealand Government is committed to preventing workplace exploitation of migrants, and protecting the victims of this crime. Immigration New Zealand, the Labour Inspectorate(external link), and the New Zealand Police are here to protect, not punish, victims of this crime. Contact us, or your local Police, if you are exploited at work or you know someone who is. Find out more.