Employment New Zealand


Employment NZ offers advice on the obligations of the Employer. Good employment relationships start with a good recruitment process so that the employee and employer have the same expectations about the role and working conditions.

It’s important for employers to use good hiring processes, and for everyone to follow minimum rights and responsibilities.

Employment agreements have the terms and conditions of employment. Every employee must have a written employment agreement. A well written employment agreement helps the employee and employer to know what is expected from them and what they’re entitled to. This means misunderstandings are less likely to happen and if a problem does come up then the employee and employer can go to the employment agreement to clarify things.

Find out more about employment agreements here.


Clear workplace policies and procedures support employment agreements and mean everyone knows how things are meant to be done. This link provides help in some key areas.


You can now learn about your responsibilities and rights as an employer through a free interactive website. The website has been created by Employment New Zealand, which is part of MBIE.

As an employer, you can learn about:

Knowing your legal obligations will help you avoid misunderstandings with employees and any financial penalty that might result.

You can also refer your staff to the employee modules so they can learn about their rights.

Registering is quick and easy, visit Employment New Zealand