Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to New Zealand as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

New Zealand: New paid parental leave payments, as of 1st July 2024

The maximum paid parental leave has just been increased by 6% from $712 …

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New Zealand: Cashing up annual holidays

Employees can request 1 week of their 4 weeks minimum annual holiday entitlement each year to be “cashed up” …

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New Zealand: Mandatory English translations

It is already a requirement for visitor visa applicants to provide English translations of medical and police certificates that are in a foreign language …

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New Zealand: Change in Franchisee accreditation

Franchisees will no longer need to hold the special Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) licence after 16th June 2024 …

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New Zealand: Renewal of employer accreditation

The Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) is New Zealand’s primary temporary work visa programme …

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New Zealand: AEWV rule changes

For employers hiring migrants on the AEWV, there are now more requirements at the accreditation and Job Check stages and during the accreditation period …

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New Zealand: ‘Trading in’ annual holidays for cash

After 12 months in a job, an employee may ask their employer (in writing) to swap 1 week of their 4 weeks’ minimum statutory annual holidays entitlement for cash – although the employer may refuse and need not give a reason …

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New Zealand: New immigrant wage (2024)

A new median wage requirement of NZD $31 …

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New Zealand: Rise in RSE wage threshold (1st April 2024)

Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers must be paid at or above the New Zealand minimum wage, plus 10% (currently, totalling NZD$25 …

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New Zealand: Cautious wage increase (1st April 2024)

Starting from 1st April 2024, up to 145,000 workers who work 40 hours a week will earn an extra $18 each week before tax, as the adult minimum wage will be increased by 2% to $23 …

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New Zealand: AEWV median wage increase paused

The median wage rate is the minimum amount that must be paid by employers to hire migrant workers on an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) …

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New Zealand: Working over Easter

Although Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays, Easter Sunday is not and retail outlets may choose to open on that day if their local council allows them to do so …

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New Zealand: Transferring a public holiday by agreement

Employers may agree in writing with their employees that a public holiday will be taken off alternatively on another day …

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New Zealand: Visa applications moving online

At the end of January 2024, applicants will be able to submit ‘Permanent Resident Visa’, ‘Second or Subsequent Resident Visa’ and ‘Variation of Travel Conditions of a resident visa’ applications electronically using the Immigration Online Platform instead of relying on a paper-based application …

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New Zealand: Employers’ responsibilities when hiring

Employers must provide their employee with a written copy of their employment agreement and retain a copy of the signed terms and conditions of employment – even if not formally signed …

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