Being employed: overview

This chapter explains the legal framework for employment relationships. The chapter covers:

  • the Employment Relations Act 2000 (the main legislation covering employment relationships), including who’s covered by the Act and how to distinguish between an employee and an independent contractor
  • how your rights and obligations as an employee are determined
  • the different types of employment agreements, including individual and collective agreements, fixed-term agreements, and casual employment arrangements
  • probation and trial periods, and what your rights are in these situations
  • the role of unions
  • the different ways in which a job can come to an end.

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