Employer Toolkit


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

  • Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills — remuneration threshold changes

    Once a year the government updates the remuneration or pay rate thresholds for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa and the Essential Skills Work Visa.

    The new thresholds are based on the New Zealand median salary and wage rate of NZD $25.50 per hour (up 2% from last year) which is equivalent to NZD $53,040 per year for a 40-hour per week job.

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  • Minimum wage

    The minimum wage increased on 1 April 2019:
    Adult — $17.70 an hour
    Starting-out — $14.16 an hour (up from $13.20)
    Training — $14.16 an hour (up from $13.20)
    Starting-out and training minimum wages are 80% of the adult minimum wage.

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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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  • Employers switch to payday filing

    If your business pays $50,000 or more a year in PAYE tax and Employer Superannuation Contribution tax, you have to file electronically from 1 April 2019. You can still file on paper if you pay less than $50,000.

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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

    Workplace policies made easy

    A new www.business.govt.nz 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

    Immigration status check

    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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  • Recruiting overseas workers

    A Guide - Approval in Principle Request & Talent Employer Accreditation

    Both Approval in Principle requests (AIP) and Talent Employer Accreditation (TEA) can be suitable options for New Zealand employers who have an ongoing need to recruit overseas workers to supplement their workforce.

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  • Employing migrants

    Immigration New Zealand's new 'Employ Migrants' resource

    INZ's new 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

    Adressing Zero hour contracts

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

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  • Zero hour contract updated

    By Lane Neave Lawyers

    A discussion of the various contractual arrangements commonly used and what the new 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.

    Information and tools to help with hiring fixed-term and casual employees

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  • Holidays & Leave

    Employment New Zealand

    Government information on holidays and leave, including information and examples of pay calculations for leave.

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  • Tools & Guides

    The www.business.govt.nz website has useful tools and guides to help you manage your business.

    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.

    10 affordable ways to show your employees you appreciate them

    Your employees are the ones who boost your marketing, talk to customers and balance your books. Here are ten 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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  • Manage workplace fatigue

    A healthy workplace is good for business.

    A factsheet to help you manage mental or physical exhaustion that stops
    an employee from being able to function normally.

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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

    A tool to help you figure out and manage your government compliance requirements.

    Save valuable time and discover what requirements apply to you and your business.

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  • Employment Standards Legislation Bill

    The new Act

    New employment regulations came into force on 1 April 2016. The changes extend paid parental leave to more workers and increase the flexibility of the scheme; strengthen enforcement of employment standards, such as the minimum wage, annual leave and written employment agreements; and address issues such as “zero-hour contracts” and other unfair employment practice.

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