What employment law changes will 2018 bring us?

As we head into a new year along with a new government I can’t help but wonder, what will 2018 bring for employment law changes?

First we take a look at what business related law changes occurred in 2017, and there’s been quite a few!  In an article published by MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) late last year they outlined these in some detail, here’s an overview of what they included:

  • An increase in the minimum wage.  The adult minimum wage rate went up 50c to $15.75 an hour. The starting-out and training rates rose by 40c to $12.60.
  • Contractor tax changes.
  • ACC Levy changes.
  • Easter trading changes, this meant that local councils may let shops in their district open on Easter Sunday.
  • Parental Leave changes.
  • Visa changes for migrants.
  • Hazardous substances changes.

If you’d like to read the full article and to check that you are across any new rules that apply to you, then please click here.  Each law change section has links to more information.


So then what does 2018 have in store for us?  The NZ Herald has recently published what they believe are the top 10 employment law changes for 2018.  Although it seems like a lengthy list, it includes changes that the government have already signaled.  Their top 10 include:

  • Minimum wage increase.  The adult minimum wage is set to rise by 75c to $16.50 an hour.
  • Equal pay changes.  What they are, we don’t know, but we’ll be keep a close eye on this.
  • Extending paid parental leave.  This is set to increase from 1st July from 18 to 22 weeks.
  • Contractors are likely to receive increased rights.
  • The return of collective bargaining.
  • Fair pay agreements.
  • Modifying trial periods.
  • Reinstating reinstatement as a primary remedy.
  • Application of minimum standards.
  • Introduction of a statutory redundancy compensation.

To read their full article (it’s well worth it), please click here.


So in answering my initial question, it looks like there’s going to be quite a few changes instore.  Will be interesting to see how they all go and what affect it will have on our businesses.