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You'll need to agree on your pay, hours and working conditions. You can get money to help pay the costs of starting a new job.
The trial period is a voluntary agreement between you and your employer and has to be written in your employment agreement or contract.
When you start a new job, you'll automatically be enrolled in KiwiSaver if you're eligible and not a member already. You can also join through your current employer or directly with a provider.
You’re entitled to a paid day off on public holidays that fall on days you’d normally work. If you choose to work, you should be paid at least time and a half and get another paid day off later.
Dates for national public holidays and regional anniversary days.
There are 4 public holidays over Christmas and New Year.
Only Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays. Easter Sunday is not a public holiday, but most businesses have to be closed.
If you work on a public holiday and it's a day you usually work, you'll get a paid day off you can take later. This is usually called a day in lieu or an alternative holiday.
You can be paid time and a half for the hours you work on a public holiday and get a paid day off to take later, or transfer the holiday to another time.
Anyone can ask their employer to transfer a public holiday to another day.
Almost all workers are entitled to at least 4 weeks’ paid annual leave a year. You get your annual leave entitlement on the anniversary of the day you started working for your employer.
You and your employer have to agree when you'll take time off.
Your employment agreement tells you when you'll get paid for time off and how your pay is worked out.
You can swap up to 1 week of your annual leave for cash each year — up to 5 days if you work a regular 5-day week, or one quarter of your annual entitlement if you don't.
You can take unpaid leave if your employer agrees to it.
After you’ve been at your job for 6 months, you’re legally entitled to at least 5 days’ sick leave a year.
If you're sick you need to tell your employer and, after 3 days, provide a doctor's certificate.
When you're sick, you should be paid what you’d get if you’d worked a normal day.
You can carry over some unused sick leave to the next year.
Sick leave arrangements depend on whether you were injured at work or somewhere else.
Financial help and childcare costs when you're back in work — plus the rules around breaks for breastfeeding.
After you’ve been at your job for 6 months, you’re legally entitled to bereavement leave if someone close to you dies.
If you've set up a website for your business and you're selling things using the site, you still need to follow consumer laws.
If you're just selling your old stuff on sites like Trade Me you're okay.
If you're making money from regularly selling things online, this is treated like any other business income. Make sure that you’re paying proper business tax.
If you’re self-employed and run your business from home, you can claim the part of your house you use for business as an expense in your tax return.
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When you leave a job, you’re responsible for checking your final pay is taxed correctly. If it isn’t, you could get a bill from IRD at the end of the tax year.
Your employer can only make you redundant if your position is no longer required. They can’t make you redundant for performance, pregnancy or illness.
When you're made redundant from your job, you’re responsible for checking your final pay is taxed correctly. If it isn’t, you could get a bill from IRD at the end of the tax year.
When you're fired from a job, you’re responsible for checking your final pay is taxed correctly. If it isn’t, you could get a bill from IRD at the end of the tax year.
It pays to plan for your retirement as early as possible.
When you retire from your job, you’re responsible for checking your final pay is taxed correctly. If it isn’t, you could get a bill from IRD at the end of the tax year.
For most people there is no official retirement age in New Zealand, but there are some exceptions.
You can withdraw all your savings when you turn 65, as long as you've been a KiwiSaver member for at least 5 years.
$15.75 an hour if you're 16 years or older.
If you've got a problem at work talk to your boss directly. If you can’t solve it you can get help from both government and other organisations. Some of this help is free.
If you’ve been fired unfairly you can bring a personal grievance against your employer, but not if you’re within a 90-day trial period.
It's illegal for an employer to discriminate against you because of your age, whether in the workplace or when you apply for a job.
If you work after you turn 65, you still pay ACC levies. You can claim for treatment of injuries, but if you have an accident and can't work, your entitlement to weekly compensation changes.
It’s important to get an IRD number as all your tax, entitlements (like student loan or Working for Families Tax Credits) and personal details are linked to this number.
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