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What the new migrant worker law means for your business

Do you employ migrant workers? You need to be aware of the Worker Protection (Migrant and Other Employees) Act, which comes into force on January 6.

The law, which amends the Immigration Act 2009, Employment Relations Act 2000 and Companies Act, will introduce a tough penalty regime to deter the exploitation of migrant staff.

What you need to know

  • Under the law, employers must comply with requests from the Labour Inspectorate within 10 working days, including providing any employment-related documents.

  • Employers that fail to meet the 10-day deadline can be hit with an infringement notice, so be mindful of the changes.

  • The new law grants the High Court powers to disqualify a person from being a New Zealand company director if they are convicted of exploitation of unlawful employees and temporary workers under the Immigration Act.

If you employ migrant workers, be aware of the forthcoming changes and ensure your paperwork, including HR documentation, is easily accessible and in good order.

Give us a call if you think the new law could affect your business.

Disclaimer: This publication has been carefully prepared, but it has been written in general terms only. The publication should not be relied upon to provide specific information without also obtaining appropriate professional advice after detailed examination of your particular situation.


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