Employment submissions

  • Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill

    28 January 2021

    TIA supports the proposal to increase minimum sick leave provisions for employees but is calling on the Government to provide support for employers who will face additional costs.

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  • ANZSCO Skill Level Refresh

    29 May 2019

    TIA has provided feedback to StatsNZ regarding the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) refresh.

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  • A new approach to employer-assisted work visas and regional workforce planning - MBIE

    18 March 2019

    TIA welcomed many aspects of the proposals set out in MBIE’s consultation document. This included the move to a more regionalised skill shortage list, tailoring labour market tests to types of skills shortages, sectors and regions, and ensuring that our welfare, immigration and education systems were more aligned with each other to improve labour market outcomes for New Zealanders.

    Update: the Government announced sweeping changes to the temporary work visa process in September 2019, The changes responded to many of the points we raised and are set to support tourism employers to find the workers they need.

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  • Reform of Vocational Education

    Submission to the Ministry of Education, 5 April 2019

    TIA agrees there is a need to consolidate and stabilise the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, however, we strongly disagree that the reformed ITPs should take over the role of arranging workplace training.

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  • Consultation on the Proposed Increase to the Minimum Wage

    Letter to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment - 13 November 2018

    TIA supports in principle the proposal to increase the minimum wage from $16.50 to $20 per hour. It aligns with one of the objectives of the Tourism Sustainability Commitment, which is for all tourism businesses to pay a fair wage to all staff. However, we have concerns about implementation, and the increases must be signalled well in advance to support business planning.

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  • Employment Relations Amendment Bill

    Submission to the Education and Workforce Select Committee - 13 April 2018

    TIA’s submission on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill highlights concerns around a number of issues, including increased compliance processes employers must follow, meal and rest break entitlements and restrictions on 90 day trials. We have also stressed the need for unions to recognise the benefits that the tourism industry provides for employees and support this environment.

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  • Suite of proposed changes to the Essential Skills Visa

    Submission to MBIE (Labour, Science and Enterprise Group) - 26 May 2017

    It is time the government demonstrated greater empathy for the specific employment requirements of the tourism industry. There are already acute staff shortages in certain areas and at peak times of the year. New Zealand workers are often not available in these areas or may be lacking the required attributes or skills, and although our industry prefers hiring Kiwis, this is often not an option.

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  • Proposed changes to the Skilled Migrant Category

    Submission to Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (Labour, Science and Enterprise Group) - 31 October 2016

    The timeframe for making this submission is very unreasonable. It means TIA has not had an opportunity to consult widely with members ahead of making the submission and the government will be making decisions without detailed knowledge and input from employers.

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  • Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill

    Submission to the Commerce Commission - 21 January 2016

    We support the removal of the statutory restriction on shops opening on Easter Sunday to benefit the tourism industry and local economies. We recommend a national approach on Easter trading instead of bylaws for individual areas within council areas. Finding businesses open in some places and not others does not create the seamless visitor experience that the tourism industry aspires to deliver.

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  • Discussion Paper Clear Heads

    Submission to the Ministry of Transport - 24 April 2015

    We are supportive of an approach to drug and alcohol management that recognises the risk profile of the activity and the workforce.

    This was a win for TIA – see our Recent Wins page – Clear Heads.

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