The Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018

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The Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018


The Act, which was passed into law on 5 December 2018, introduces a number of employment law changes that aim to improve fairness in the workplace and deliver decent work conditions and fair wages. It gives more protections for employees, especially vulnerable workers, and strengthens collective bargaining and union rights in the workplace. Many of the changes are familiar to employers, as they roll the law back to how it was as recently as 2015.

The key changes include:

  • reinstating set rest and meal breaks
  • limiting 90-day trial periods to businesses with 19 or fewer employees
  • restoring protections for vulnerable workers, such as those in the cleaning and catering industries, regardless of the size of their employer
  • strengthening collective bargaining and union rights.

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Please note that some content relevant to the Act on the Employment New Zealand website may not be refreshed until 6 May 2019.

Posted: Wednesday 1 May 2019