Employment Relations

Last updated: 5 April 2018

This page lists the tools technologies and information needed to make the Public Service a good place to work.

The Public Service needs to attract and retain highly skilled workers from an increasingly diverse and mobile labour market. Therefore the State Services Commission needs to ensure that the Public Service is well positioned to attract and retain a diverse and capable workforce. See the Resources section below for related information on this website.

On 5 March 2018 Cabinet agreed to set, as a matter of policy, Government Expectations on Employment Relations in the State Sector.  The new Expectations replace the Government Expectations for Pay and Employment Conditions set by the previous Government in May 2012.  The Expectations form the basis of the State Services Commission’s advice, approval and reporting regarding employment relations in the State sector.

In line with the new Expectations, the State Services Commissioner has updated his delegation of the power to negotiate collective agreements, to Public Service Chief Executives.  The letter and the delegation can be found below.

Information on employment legislation: Information on the Employment Relations Act 2000 and related legislation and on minimum employment rights in New Zealand can be accessed through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Employment New Zealand website  https://www.employment.govt.nz/. The site contains useful guides to key employment processes, including collective and individual bargaining and minimum holiday and other leave entitlements. This site also has a link to the employment law database where copies of decisions of the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court can be accessed. 

See www.legislation.govt.nz for copies of the Employment Relations Act 2000 and all other New Zealand statutes.