New Zealand

Employment

Employees are required to have a written agreement, it can be individual or collective. The agreement will include employment benefits, wages and etc.

Payroll

Salaries are distributed on a monthly basis for work between the first and last day of the month. Payday varies depending on the company and is decided upon hiring, but is most commonly on the 28th of the month.by the end of the month.

HR & Labor

Working Hours: No official working standard hours. Majority of employees work from 38 to 40 hours per week, 5 days a week. If employee works a holiday, they must be paid time and half. If by schedule, they are working on a holiday, they can take another day off instead.
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Minimum Age: There is no official minimum age for employment, however there are rules that apply employees younger than 16 years old.

Immigration

There are two different types of visas that will allow the employee to work legally in New Zealand. First is temporary visas that allows you to work and live in New Zealand. For this work visa, the employee must show that they are hired by a local employer and have the skills that the employer needs. These visas are temporary, however some can lead to residence status after working in the company for two years. The second option is skilled migrant option, for this visa the employee can apply by themselves if they match the criteria mentioned in the Expression of Interest form.

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is $15.25.

Pension Fund

The employer contributes 3% of the employee’s wages.

Public Holidays

October 23: Labor Day
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Boxing Day

January 01: New Years Day
January 02: Day after New Years Day
February 06: Waitangi Day
March 30: Good Friday
April 02: Easter Monday
April 25: ANZAC Day
June 04: Queens Birthday
October 22: Labor Day
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Boxing Day

Severance Payments

Severance payments include the hours worked until the final day and any unused annual leave or days in lieu payments.

Advance Notice

The length of advance notice is mentioned in the employment agreement. Differs for each company.

Termination Procedure

The employer must provide the employee with a written notice of why he/she was terminated.

Sick Days

After 6 months of working in the company, employee will receive 5 paid sick days and from there on 5 days of paid sick leave for every 12 months working in the company.

Sick leave entitlements are not pro-rated in any way. For example, even if a part-time employee only works three days a week, they still get five days’ sick leave a year and can accumulate up to 20 sick days a year.

Vacation Days

Employee is entitled to 4 weeks of vacation.

Maternity Leave

In New Zealand, maternity leave is known as primary carer leave. It is available to female employees having a baby, or her spouse or partner if they have all or part of the birth mother's parental leave payments transferred to them.
- Primary carer leave can be taken for up to 18 weeks and must be taken in one continuous period. Primary care leave can't be taken if the employee has already taken any period of parental leave or similar leave in relation to that child.
- o Primary carer leave starts on the due date or the date childbirth starts if the child is born to the employee. In any other case primary carer leave starts on the date that the employee becomes the primary carer in respect of the child. The employee can start their primary carer leave up to six weeks (or earlier with the employer’s consent) before the baby’s due date or the date on which the employee will become the primary carer of the child.

Paternity Leave

In New Zealand, paternity leave is known as partners leave. Partners leave starts 21 days before the due date, or the date your partner or spouse became the primary carer for a child under six years. Leave ends 21 days after the baby is born (unless the baby is discharged from a hospital more then 21 days after the birth, in which case the partner's leave time frame ends on the day the child is discharged).
** If agreed upon with employer, partners leave can begin at any time.

Parental Leave

The amount of extended leave that an employee may take depends on whether each parent meets either the six month or 12 month time criteria (see below). Extended leave may be shared by two parents who both meet the criteria, and they can take it at the same time or one after the other:
- Employees who meet the 12 month criteria may take up to 52 weeks extended leave (less the number of weeks primary carer leave taken, up to 18 weeks). If two parents are sharing the leave and they both meet the 12 month criteria then they share this amount.
- Employees who meet the six month criteria may take up to 26 weeks in total (less the number of weeks primary carer leave taken, up to 18 weeks). If two parents are sharing the leave and they both meet the six month criteria then they share this amount.
- If one parent meets the 12 month criteria and the other parent meets the six month criteria then the person who has only worked for six months cannot take more than 26 weeks of the total 52 weeks (less the number of weeks primary carer leave taken up to 18 weeks) available to the couple.

** The one or two weeks of partner’s leave is not included in the 26 week or 52 week extended leave period.

VAT

VAT is 15% standard rate.