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minimum pay
new entrants and the minimum wage
payment of wages & deductions
what records do employers need to keep
previous minimum wages
employing people with disabilities - information for employers
information for people working in 'sheltered' employment
minimum wage exemptions for people with disabilities
background papers



This section on pay brings together basic information about the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in the workplace.

The minimum rights set out in this section apply by law to all employees - full-time, part-time or casual. These rights apply even if they have not been included in employment agreements. You cannot agree to do away with any of these minimum rights, but you can agree to better ones.

Who needs this information?

  • Anyone who has a paid job or who employs other people in paid work
  • Both employers and employees who want to know what they can and cannot do, as well as the things they have to do, in the workplace
  • Anyone who wants to know the minimum requirements about pay
  • Anyone who needs to know what minimum employment conditions apply in New Zealand.

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We welcome the opportunity to help you further. If you can’t find an answer to your question, or you want further clarification, more detailed information or guidance on any matter covered here, try a more detailed search or ask us a question.

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The content of this document covers common problems. It will not answer every question and should not be used as a substitute for legislation or legal advice.

The Department of Labour takes no responsibility for the results of any actions taken on the basis of information on this website, nor for any errors or omissions.

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This page was last updated on: 27-Feb-2008 and is current.

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