Minimum employment rights
This section provides an overview of the minimum rights and obligations that apply by law to employers and employees.
Employees can’t be asked to agree to less than the minimum rights. An employee is anyone who has agreed to be employed, under a contract of service, to work for some form of payment. This can include wages, salary, commission and piece rates.
- Annual holidays
- Bereavement leave
- Break entitlements
- Employment agreements
- Employment relationship problems
- Equal pay and equal rights
- Fixed-term employees
- Flexible working arrangements
- Health and safety
- Keeping records
- Minimum pay
- Paying wages
- Public holidays
- Right to work in NZ
- Trial periods
Labour inspectors from the Ministry’s Labour Inspectorate can investigate and take action for breaches of laws relating to minimum employment rights, such as holidays and minimum wage rights and other minimum rights outlined above.
If you want to know more about your employment rights you can phone the Ministry’s Contact Centre on 0800 20 90 20. They can provide further help or put you in touch with a Labour Inspector.
This information on Minimum Employment rights and obligations is also available in:
- Te Reo Māori Ngā motika me ngā whakaritenga mahi mōkito
- Samoan Aiā tatau ma matafaioi pito maualalo faalegaluega
- Chinese Simplified 基本就业权利和义务
- Chinese Traditional 基本就業權利和義務
- Hindi न्यूनतम रोजगार अधिकार एवं दायित्व
- Japanese 最低雇用権と雇用に関する義務
- Korean 근로자의 최소 권리와 의무
- Spanish Obligaciones y derechos laborales mínimos
- Thai สิทธิขั้นต่ำการจ้างงานและภาระผูกพัน
- Tongan Ko e ngaahi tefito‘i totonu mo e fatongia ‘i he ngaahi ngāue‘angā
- Tagalog Mga pinakamababang karapatan at obligasyon sa trabaho