If you are under 16, there is no minimum wage guarantee and you will receive what has been agreed between you and your employer. There is no minimum wage for entrepreneurs. 14: (Light work only. Must have parental permission. The limitation of working time and the reduction of weekly working hours must not interfere with school education) 16: (Light work only. Full education required. Restricted working hours) 18: Unrestricted You can start working at any age. There is no minimum age to start working, but there are some restrictions on when, what and how you work if you are a certain age. These are designed to ensure your safety and ensure that you are able to fully participate in school during school age. None (18 years old to work as a waiter in a restaurant that sells alcohol, or as a bartender. Age is not a factor in the job for a business for which the sale of alcohol is not the primary focus, as long as that business holds an off-site license, meaning alcohol cannot be consumed on the property.) Before you start working At what age can I start working? As a young person, can I work in any profession I want? Do I have to inform employers of my criminal convictions? Do I need an employment contract? What should I include in my employment contract? How much will I be paid as an employee? What is the minimum wage? When will I be considered an “entry-level worker”? When will I be considered an intern? Does my employment contract have to be in writing? What are my rights if I don`t have a written agreement? Where can I get help finding a job? New Zealand`s legal system is not based on an enacted constitution. In New Zealand, legal rights and obligations derive primarily from laws enacted by the New Zealand Parliament and from common law developed by New Zealand courts. Applicable laws in various areas of law (but not in labour law) also increasingly contain the principles enshrined in the standby contract.
This treaty was concluded in 1840 by representatives of Great Britain and a large number of Maori tribes in New Zealand. The legal working age is the legal age required for a person in any country or jurisdiction if they have not reached the age of majority. Activities that are dangerous or harmful to health, or that may affect the morale of minors, fall into this category. There are some things you know and should be prepared for before you start working. Knowing this information will ensure that you are protected and have fewer problems when you start working. Women:15: Limited hours of work and type of work.18: Some restrictions on working in manifestly unhealthy conditions.19: (Unrestricted).  Articles 64 and 70-72 of the Labour Code introduce the minimum age. Working hours and overtime pay are matters that must be agreed between each employee and his employer. The usual working week is 40 hours, although nothing prevents employees and employers from agreeing on a significant or lesser number of working hours during the week. In many occupations there is no overtime pay, although in a number of blue-collar sectors collective agreements and individual employment contracts explicitly provide for overtime pay. If employees work on one of the 11 annual holidays and that day is generally a working day for that employee, the employee is legally entitled to a paid day off at a later date.
In international comparison, the regulation of trade unions in New Zealand is not exaggerated. The Trade Unions Act of 1908 establishes the legal basis for trade unions. In addition, various provisions of the Emergencies Act provide for a simple procedure for the registration and operation of trade unions. This includes sections that deal with: It`s important to ask for one if you don`t have one, because without written agreement, it can be very difficult to prove what you and your employer have agreed to. If you request and do not receive a copy of your contract within a reasonable time, you can lodge a complaint with a labour inspector. Women:15: With extensive restrictions on hours of work and type of work18: may only participate in underground work if they perform underground work by regulation:20 (Without restriction):Chapter 6, Articles 56-62 New Zealand`s labour law is based on two sources; Statutes (Acts of Parliament) and common law (principles developed by courts and tribunals). There are a number of laws that form what is often referred to as the “minimum code”. This set of laws sets out the minimum rights of New Zealand employees.
You have legal rights as an employee, even if you do not have a written employment contract – a verbal agreement between you and your employer is always legal. If workers working in an essential service wish to strike and the strike is detrimental to the public interest, the employer and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Labour must be given prescribed notice. Under the Emergencies Act, mediation services must be provided to essential service parties before they go on strike, so that the parties can work to resolve their differences and avoid industrial action. Workers on legal strike cannot be legally dismissed or discriminated against as a result of the strike. Under the Education and Training Act 2020, it is illegal for companies to employ school-age students during school hours unless they have an exemption certificate. Otherwise, it can result in fines of up to $1,000 for parents and employers. Young workers between the ages of 16 and 19 may receive a different minimum wage than adult workers. The same fair bargaining rules for employment contracts apply to both young people and adults.
The BR Act is complemented by a number of other laws that have an impact on the employment relationship and the labour market (see next section below). If there is a dispute between the parties to labour relations and the dispute concerns the interpretation or application of one or more of those statutes, the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court and the New Zealand Court of Appeal are responsible for interpreting and applying the law. In employment matters, the New Zealand Court of Appeal cannot appeal to the Privy Council (unlike a number of other areas of New Zealand law).