New Zealand has a variety of employment laws to ensure all members of the labour force receive just treatment from their employers. Certain legislations protect you against discrimination based on many different grounds, while other ensure you stay completely safe irrespective of your occupation’s nature.
However, many people don’t fully understand the nitty gritty of the employment law in New Zealand. As a result, they either don’t realise they have certain rights or feel incorrectly entitled to several benefits.
Here are some misconceptions employees have:
You’re Entitled to Annual Holidays After Working for Six Months
Unless you’ve been working for years, you can only get annual leave after one year of continuous employment. No matter what kind of job you do or how old you are, you should get four weeks’ worth of paid time off work on top of your wage.
You may receive your annual holiday less than a year of working for your employer, but that’s up to your company. Your employer may allow you to take some of your annual leave in advance.
You Don’t Get Sick Leave As a Part-Time Employee
Contrary to popular belief, most employees are entitled to five days’ worth of sick leave. Permanent or fixed-term, full-time or part-time, you should receive the minimum amount of sick leave after over six months of continuous employment.
If you only do casual work, you may get sick leave if you have been working for your employer for six months. For you to qualify, you must have logged at least 10 hours of work per week or 40 hours per month in your last six months of employment.
You Can Use Bereavement Leave if Your Close Friend Dies
You can use your bereavement leave if someone close to you dies, but that person should be an immediate family member. In other words, this special leave only applies if your mother, father, sibling or grandparent passes away.
If someone close, but unrelated to you, dies, you can still ask your employer for one day of paid bereavement leave for your loss.
Knowing your rights by heart is important. While your benefits may come in different forms per employer, you must always be aware of the minimums.