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Minimum Wage Increase

The New Zealand Government has announced that it will increase the Minimum Wage, raising it to $17.70 per hour. This is an increase of $1.20 an hour and will come into effect on 01 April 2019.

If you employ staff at the Minimum Wage level, from 01 April 2019 you will need to pay them $17.70 per hour. Underpaying staff can lead to a breach in of the Employment Relations Act which could result in penalties for your business.

New Minimum Wage Rates from 01 April 2019

Adult Wage                      $17.70 per hour

Starting-Out Wage           $14.16 per hour

Training Wage                  $14.16 per hour

Domestic Violence Act 

These changes from employers under the Domestic Violence Act will come into effect on 1 April 2019.

The new law entitles employees affected by domestic violence, to up to 10 days of paid domestic violence leave per year, in order to deal with the effects of domestic violence. Employees will be able to take this leave as needed – similar to the existing sick leave and bereavement leave provisions.

Employees will also be able to request a short-term variation to their working arrangements (up to two months or shorter), to which the employer must respond to urgently and within 10 working days. The variation can include changes to hours of work, location and duties of work. This is similar, and in addition to, the existing rights employees have to make a flexible working hours request.

Please renew your employment contracts with your staff, as these new changes will need to be reflected.

We recommend Employsure to assist with your employment contracts, however if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.