What new migrant worker law means for your business

Do you employ migrant workers? You need to be aware of the Worker Protection (Migrant and Other Employees) Act, which comes into force on January 6. The law, which amends the Immigration Act 2009, Employment Relations Act 2000 and Companies Act, will introduce a tough penalty regime to deter the exploitation of migrant staff. What […]

What’s the difference between employees and contractors?

Does your business use both employees and contractors? It’s important to distinguish between them as they are paid and taxed differently. Despite what you may call the individual concerned, that description is not definitive. If the status of the worker is questioned in the Employment Court or Employment Relations Authority, for example, the Employment Relations […]

Fair Pay Agreements – what you need to know

New fair pay agreements (FPA) law came into effect on December 1 last year, marking the biggest shakeup in New Zealand employment in decades. Six months on, how could your business be affected? What’s an FPA?The new fair pay agreements law allows employees to bargain collectively for industry- or occupation-wide minimum employment terms, such as […]

Should your business go ‘remote-first’?

Since the last of New Zealand’s lockdowns, many businesses have ditched remote working for good. But what are the benefits of taking a ‘remote-first’ approach? Around the world, an increasing number of companies are making remote working the default option for staff, abandoning the office completely in favour of a more flexible model. With a […]