Employers and employees working together

Employers and employees need to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect New Zealand and keep each other safe.

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Working together

Normal obligations to keep in regular contact and to act in good faith are more important than ever. This is how employers and employees can be kind to one another.

Regular employment law applies to all employment relationships — regardless of the circumstances that you find yourself in. This includes anything that has been agreed to in an employment agreement.

If a worker believes there are reasons why it is not safe for them to be at work, or if they have concerns that they could be putting a member of their household at risk, they should let their manager know. 

Employment guidance

Employment guidance is available for COVID-19-related matters, including pay and leave entitlements, the minimum wage, addressing health and safety concerns, and modifying or terminating employment agreements.

Guidance for employers and employees (external link)

Employees working on a visa

You should check your visa if you are working in New Zealand and you are not a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. Immigration New Zealand has relaxed the visa conditions and extended visas for many overseas employees.

More information about visas for employees

Contractors and self-employed people

Information for contractors and the self-employed

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