Recent news

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

New Zealand: Women in paid work

New figures from the Statistics NZ indicate that women now make up 48% of the total paid workforce …

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New Zealand: More employers are taking part in voluntary “Kiwisaver schemes”

An increasing number of employers are taking part in voluntary “Kiwisaver schemes” to help employees save for retirement …

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New Zealand: Sector-wide collective bargaining recommended

A Fair Pay Working Group Chaired by former Prime Minister, Jim Bolger, has just issued its report and recommendations on a “new system of occupation or sector-wide bargaining to set minimum terms and conditions of employment …

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New Zealand: Minimum wage to rise in April 2019

With effect from the 1st of April 2019, the minimum wage rate will rise from $16 …

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New Zealand: Work-related serious non-fatal injuries increase

Latest figures released from Stats NZ show that the work-related, serious, non-fatal injury rates rose to 16 …

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New Zealand: Government reaches consensus on employment law changes

The new Enduring Employment Relations Bill has now passed its second reading before Parliament …

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New Zealand: Ban on foreign homebuyers passes into law

The rise of house prices by more than 60% in the last decade has been blamed by many politicians on foreign speculation, especially from China …

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New Zealand: Nearly all Chorus broadband subcontractors breaching labour laws

A review by the labour inspectorate of 75 contractors installing broadband UFB fibre networks around Auckland has found that all but two had contravened employment laws in such areas as the keeping of employee records, not operating with written employment contracts, paying the minimum wage, providing paid leave, and using migrant labour as unpaid workers on the promise of potential paid employment …

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New Zealand: Immigration fees and levies changes

Companies in New Zealand with employees who are looking to renew their work visas, or apply for residence permits, should be aware that with effective from Monday the 5th of November 2018, fees will increase by up to 54% for most work visa applications (excluding Recognised Seasonal Employers and Working Holiday Work Visas) …

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New Zealand: Interim visas now valid longer

Previously, employee whose current visa was soon to expire and who had applied for a further temporary visa that was denied became unlawful the day after the date of denial …

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New Zealand: Long-term plans for wellbeing and welfare

The coalition government has finally brought together its long-term plans …

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New Zealand/USA: Trump signs off improved NZ visa access

Citizens from New Zealand who are planning to trade or invest in the U …

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New Zealand: Minimum wage pushes up private sector pay rates

Stats NZ has reported that the rise in the national minimum wage in April 2018 helped increase private sector pay rates (including overtime) by an average of 2 …

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New Zealand: First Union hopes for Employment Court ruling on courier-driver employment rights

The FIRST union has warned courier companies that they are going to support litigation concerning bogus independent contractor status for drivers …

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New Zealand: New law sees victims of domestic violence given 10 days paid leave from work

From April 1st 2019 survivors of domestic violence will have an entitlement to take an extra ten days paid leave …

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