COVID-19 response

If you are looking for the latest legal information relating current Coronavirus laws in New Zealand, check out our Coronavirus and the Law section.

Employment conditions and protections

Your minimum rights and protections at work

What this chapter covers

  • Your pay
    Minimum wage rates, overtime pay, equal pay, and when and how wages are paid
  • Hours, shifts and breaks
    Information about the standard working week, zero-hour contracts and availability (“on call”) clauses, when your shifts can be cancelled, and your rights to rest and meal breaks
  • Holidays and annual leave
    Your rights to a certain number of weeks of annual holidays (often called “annual leave”), and to public holidays like Christmas and Anzac Day (sometimes called “statutory” holidays)
  • Sick leave and other short-term leave
    Sick leave, bereavement leave and family violence leave
  • Parental leave
    The laws around different types of parental leave, how much paid parental leave you can get and how your job’s protected while you’re on leave
  • Flexible working
    The law about flexible working arrangements (including when and where you work), and special short-term flexibility for family violence victims
  • Health and safety protections
    Your employer’s legal responsibilities for health and safety in the workplace
  • Whistle-blower protections (“Protected disclosures”)
    How the law protects employees who give out information about serious wrongdoing by their employer
  • Where to go for more support
    Other information and resources


COVID-19 vaccinations and employment law

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Zealand government has introduced mandatory vaccines for some workers. See, “COVID 19 and employment law” for information on COVID-19 vaccination mandates and employment law.

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