Anyone employed after 2 October 2000 must have a written employment agreement, whether it be
an individual agreement or a collective agreement. The Employment Agreement Builder has been
created by Employment Relations Services to provide guidance to employers and employees on
content for the creation of individual employment agreements.
The Builder provides examples of clauses drawn from a range of existing employment agreements,
indicates which clauses are legally required in all agreements, and also offers a range of clauses
to meet the additional needs of your workplace. Once you have identified the clauses you wish to
include in your employment agreement, you are able to assemble the clauses into one draft agreement
for saving and printing out.
This builder provides content for employment agreements that meet or exceed legal minimum standards. It has been updated to include the recent amendments to the Holidays Act and the Paid Parental Leave Act. It has also been updated to include the 1 December 2004 amendments to the Employment Relations Act.
If you need assistance, please contact 0800 20 90 20 and talk to our staff.
We've also provided examples of covering letters to help employers meet
the requirements of the Employment Relations Act when offering employment.
The key to this information is using it as a starting point to establish conditions that best suit your
particular relationship and situation.
On 14 November 2007 the Supreme Court released its decision in The New Zealand Airline Pilots' Association Industrial Union of Workers Incorporated v Air New Zealand Ltd. The case relates to agreements under the Holidays Act 2003 that a public holiday will be observed by an employee on another day.
We will be assessing the implications of this decision for all Departmental information, including website and hardcopy material, the on-line tool and the employment agreement builder. We will make any required changes as soon as possible. In the interim, please note that current information may not reflect the Supreme Court's decision.
This document is a resource of basic provisions that could be included in employment agreements and is designed to be adapted by employers and employees to fit their own circumstances. It does not cover every situation. Employers and employees should agree to those provisions that suit their circumstances, together with any further provisions or other changes that are needed.
The Department of Labour recommends that employers and employees get appropriate advice before signing any employment agreement.
The Employment Agreement Builder is not legal advice from the Department of Labour. It does not constitute recommendations about, or endorsement of, any particular terms or conditions of employment by the Department of Labour, either generally or in any particular situation. The Department of Labour cannot accept any responsibility for changes made to the Employment Agreement Builder once it has been downloaded.
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