Workforce & Employer Toolkit

Employment

Tools, guides and information on HR and staff, employment law, and business support.

  • Support for Kiwi employees

    8 July 2021

    Whether you’re a job seeker, have a job, are at risk of redundancy or want to train for a better job, talk to Ministry of Social Development before you make any decisions.

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  • Support for Kiwi businesses

    8 July 2021

    Whether your business is thriving and needing more workers or struggling and you’re thinking about downsizing, reducing people’s hours or closing, talk to the Ministry of Social Development before you make any decisions.

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  • Domestic violence leave

    The Domestic Violence — Victims’ Protection Act 2018 came into effect on 1 April 2019. This new law introduces paid leave for employees affected by domestic violence, so that they can deal with its effects.

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  • Drugs, alcohol & work

    Generally, an employer may only ask employees and other workers to agree to alcohol or drugs tests if this is a condition of their appointment and in the employment agreement or workplace policies.

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  • Parental leave

    Information about parental leave and associated entitlements such as government-funded parental leave payments.

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  • Workplace Policy Builder

    A tool that guides you through the steps to create a variety of policies tailored to your workplace.

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  • Restricted shop trading days

    There are three and a half days each year when almost all shops are required to be closed. Exceptions are shops which can open with conditions, have area exemptions or Easter Sunday local policies. Find out more, including information about employer and employee rights and responsibilities.

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  • VisaView

    VisaView is a quick and easy way for employers to check the immigration status of overseas people who are seeking work.

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  • Employing migrants

    Immigration New Zealand's website includes a section with all the information employers need about hiring migrants, including how to go about hiring overseas, visa options and guidance on what employers can and can’t do in support of a prospective employee’s visa application.

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  • Zero hour contracts

    Regulations legislate against the use of “zero-hour” contracts in employment agreements.

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  • Zero hour contract update

    A discussion by Lane Neave Lawyers of the various contractual arrangements commonly used and what the legislation provides.

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  • Hiring fixed-termed and casual employees

    Fixed-term and casual employees can be a great way to get the help you need while staying flexible.

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  • Holidays & Leave

    Employment New Zealand information on holidays and leave, including information and examples of pay calculations for leave.

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  • Tools & Guides

    Business.govt content includes:
    - starting and stopping a business
    - staff and HR
    - tax and finance
    - laws and regulations
    - support and advice

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  • Employment Agreement Builder

    Tailor your employment agreements to fit each role and the needs of your business. This tool guides you through the steps to create an agreement for each of your employees.

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  • Employee Cost Calculator

    Thinking of hiring a new employee? A calculator to provide a ballpark figure of what hiring a new employee might cost.

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  • Tips and information to help you get the most out of your employees and manage HR issues.

    Your employees are the ones who boost your marketing, talk to customers and balance your books. Here are 10 affordable ways to show your appreciation.

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  • How a flexible workforce helps your business

    Employees with the best work/life balance are more likely to work harder, faster and stay with you longer. You may also find offering flexible working is more attractive to job seekers, too. Any employee can ask to work flexible hours. As a business owner, you must respond to a written request within a month of getting it.

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  • Performance appraisals

    You don’t legally have to do performance reviews, but they can help you get the best out of your staff and keep your business running smoothly. They’re also an important part of identifying and managing poor performance, which, if not addressed, could lead to dismissal.

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  • Resolving employment issues

    Being able to recognise, understand and deal with workplace conflicts will keep you safe from personal grievance cases and minimise the impact disputes can have on your business.

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  • Employment Relations Authority

    The ERA helps to resolve employment relationship problems. It does this by looking into the facts and making a decision based on the merits of the case, not on technicalities. It is an independent body set up under the Employment Relations Act 2000.

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  • Compliance Matters

    Save valuable time and discover what requirements apply to you and your business. A tool to help you figure out and manage your government compliance requirements.

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