Employment New Zealand
Latest COVID-19 Information
This information is to inform you, your team, clients and stakeholders of important up-to-date information available from Employment New Zealand, during Alert 4.
Key points to note are:
- Employment law still applies to all employment relationships, regardless of the circumstances that we find ourselves in.
- Early Resolution is a free service that helps resolve workplace issues early, quickly and informally.
- There are various COVID-19 financial support schemes available to businesses, depending on your situation.
Employment New Zealand has up-to-date information on these points and much more useful information. We will let you know when new pieces of information or changes related to employment are published.
For employment-related COVID-19 information, please refer to these web pages:
- Employment guide for workers at different COVID-19 alert levels - Answers to frequently asked questions that workers may have at different alert levels including: Health and safety, Leave and pay, Workplace changes.
- Early Resolution – This is a free phone-based service for employees and employers that helps resolve workplace issues early, quickly, and informally, before it becomes too serious or needs a more formal process.
- COVID-19 financial support – Current financial support schemes for businesses, employers and employees including: Resurgence Support Payment, Wage Subsidy Scheme, Short-Term Absence Payment and the Leave Support Scheme.
- Leave and pay entitlements during COVID-19 - Rights and responsibilities regarding pay and leave during COVID-19 response and recovery.
- COVID-19: Guidance for payroll professionals - Key messages for payroll professionals around what employment law looks like in the COVID-19 environment to help answer any questions that are presenting.
- Modifying employment agreements during COVID-19 - Options to deal with the impacts of COVID-19 in the workplace if an employer wants to make changes to existing work arrangements.
- Terminating employment agreements during COVID-19 - Good faith processes to follow for workplace change, and redundancy should only be considered as the last resource, only if no suitable alternative arrangements have been found.
- Vaccines and the workplace - General guidance to assist businesses and workers.
- Temporary changes to parental leave law due to COVID-19 - These law changes allow some workers on parental leave to temporarily go back to work without losing their entitlements.
- Addressing health and safety concerns - Guidance for workers and businesses operating during the different COVID-19 Alert Level restrictions.
- Wage subsidy and Leave Support: Complaints about employers - If you believe your employer is acting unlawfully in regards to the wage subsidy schemes or Leave Support Scheme, here are the steps to resolve your concerns or make a complaint.
- Rules around Essential Services: Find out if your business can open during Alert 4 and other alert levels.
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- COVID-19 alert levels and the workplace – Important guidance for employees, employers and businesses from Employment New Zealand.
- Employment New Zealand - The leading source of information on employment rights and responsibilities for employers and employees in New Zealand.
For general employment rights and responsibilities information:
Employment New Zealand has a large range of resources for employees and employers.
Minimum rights of employees - The minimum rights of an employee are the responsibility of the employer.
Minimum rights of employees language translations:
- Employment learning modules (8 languages)
- Quick guide: Know your employment rights (20 languages)
- Minimum employment rights and responsibilities booklet (15 languages)
- Family violence leave guide (10 languages)
- Employment mediation quick guide (7 languages).