What are my rights?
As an employee in Aotearoa New Zealand, you have ‘minimum” rights that cannot be taken away while at work. These are meant to protect you from being exploited in the workplace.
While these are minimums, you are of course allowed to bargain for more – but make sure they are included in your employment contract.
A few key rights you are entitled to include:
- a written employment contract
- to be paid at least the minimum wage
- paid annual and public holidays
- other leave, such as sick leave
- rest and meal breaks.
There are also a number of rights around discrimination, which make it illegal to discriminate against you on anything from your race and gender to your age.
Finally, your rights will be different depending on whether you’re a contractor, volunteer or employee. It’s important you understand what kind of work you're doing and the rights you should be entitled to.
For an interactive option, check out Employment New Zealand’s introductory module on this topic, ‘An Introduction To Your Employment Rights’, here: