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Law changes include infringement fees for lack of written employment agreements

For some time employers have been required by law to have written employment agreements with all employees.  Failure to comply with this requirement sometimes resulted in penalties being imposed by the Employment Relations Authority. 

From 6 May 2019 individual employment agreements which are not in writing will constitute an infringement offence under the Employment Relations (Infringement Offences) Regulations 2019.

The infringement fee for a breach of this requirement is $1,000.

At a minimum, written employment agreements must include the following terms —

  • the names of the employee and employer concerned; and
  • a description of the work to be performed by the employee; and
  • an indication of where the employee is to perform the work; and
  • any agreed hours of work or, if no hours of work are ag...

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