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The EMA offers more than 130 resources to members and non-members including policies on everything from fixed term employment to illegal file sharing, and guides from abandonment of employment to work station set up. Use the search function above or look alphabetically below.


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    Abandonment

    Read about the principles which apply to abandonment and how to deal with an employee who disappears.

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    Absenteeism

    Absenteeism can be one of the most problematic issues for employers. This guide outlines your rights and obligations in addressing employee absences.

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    ACC

    Our premier guide to understanding the Accident Compensation system. It includes employer obligations to employees, definitions of key terms under the Act, and details about employer levies.

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    Allowances Travel and Mileage

    Our guide to employers who pay travel allowances to employees for use of their own vehicle for work purposes.

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    Annual Holidays

    This guide outlines requirements in relation to application forms and pre-employment screening.

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    ANZAC Day

    This guide sets out information on employee pay in regards to Anzac day business closures.

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    Application for Employment

    This guide outlines requirements in relation to application forms and pre-employment screening.

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    Attachment Orders

    This guide describes the function of an attachment order and outlines what an employer is obligated to do if an employee is subject to one.

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    Audio Recordings

    This guide discusses the implications of secret recordings of conversations in the workplace with respect to privacy and surveillance.

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    Bargaining

    Our premier guide to understanding the rules of collective bargaining and the good faith obligations of the parties involved in bargaining.

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    Bargaining Agreements

    This guide provides information to assist with preparing for bargaining and includes a sample bargaining process agreement.

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    Bereavement Leave

    This guide provides an overview of bereavement leave in employment. It includes information on payment and time off available for employees who have suffered a bereavement.

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    Breaks

    This guide sets out the minimum requirements for meal and rest times as per the Employment Relations Act 2000.

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    Casual Employees

    Our premier guide to employing staff on a casual basis.

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    Child Support Deductions

    This guide discusses an employer’s obligation in relation to child support deductions.

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    Children's Act 2014

    This guide covers employers' obligations under the Children Act 2014.

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    Collective Agreements

    Our premier guide provides information on collective agreements, content, coverage, union and non-union members.

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    Communications During Bargaining

    Our premier guide covers the rules around communication during bargaining and good faith requirements of the parties involved in the bargaining.

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    Confidentiality

    This guide discusses the duty of confidentiality, what this means and redress for breaches of confidence.

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    Construction Contracts Act 2000

    The Construction Contracts Act 2002 gives protection to building sub-contractors in the construction industry.

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    Contracts for Services

    Our premier guide to understanding contractors versus employees. It includes descriptions, comparisons and best practice recommendations.

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    Criminal Record Clean Slate Act

    This guide describes the function of the Criminal Record (Clean Slate) Act, including a useful flowchart.

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    De-Facto

    This guide discusses the definition of de facto’ in the context of various employment related legislation.

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    Deductions Wages Protection

    Our premier guide to dealing with deductions from wages. This includes how to deal with overpayments, mistakes and forfeiture issues.

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    Disability

    This guide defines disability in an employment context and discusses the law in relation to employer obligations.

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    Discipline

    Our premier guide to getting the disciplinary process right. It includes best practice advice and information on how to conduct investigations and disciplinary meetings.

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    Discrimination in Employment

    This guide provides an overview of discrimination in employment and discusses the type of conduct that will amount to unlawful discrimination.

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    Disputes

    This guide provides information on disputes’ as defined in the Employment Relations Act 2000.

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    Diversity

    This guide discusses what diversity in the workplace entails.

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    Drug Testing

    Our premier guide to drug testing deals with policy formation, work place drug testing and legislative requirements concerning health and safety and privacy.

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    Easter Sunday

    This guide provides information on the trading restrictions on retail shops during Easter Sunday.

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    Electronic Transactions Act

    This guide describes the function of the Electronic Transactions Act. It gives examples of when it may apply in respect of employment.

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    Employee Protection Provision

    This guide sets out the requirements around employee protection provisions in employment agreements and collective agreements.

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    Employment Relations Act 2000

    This guide presents the key points of the Employment Relations Act 2000.

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    Employment Relations Authority

    A brief description of the Employment Relations Authority and what it is charged to do.

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    Employment Relations Education Leave

    This guide covers the leave allocated by unions to eligible employees for education to increase their knowledge about employment relations.

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    Employment Relationship Problems

    This guide outlines the various employment relationships established by the Employment Relations Act 2000 and options for resolving employment relationship problems.

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    Entertainment Expenses

    This guide describes when entertainment expenses are deductible as an expense for income tax purposes. It also discusses entertainment expenditures that attract FBT.

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    Equal Pay Act

    The Equal Pay Act 1972 deals specifically with pay equity between males and females doing the same work.

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    Essential Services

    This guide discusses industrial action as it relates to essential services, and includes definitions, and notice requirements of employers and unions.

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    Fair Trading Act

    If you are in business, it is important that you understand how the Fair Trading Act affects your day-to-day operations.

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    Family Violence

    A guide explaining the obligations and entitlements arising in relation to family violence (previously called domestic violence).

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    Fidelity

    Fidelity is an implied term in every employment agreement and this guide provides information on what fidelity is and what happens when it is breached.

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    First Aid

    Our guide to your obligations in providing First Aid in your workplace.

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    Fixed Term Employment

    Our premier guide to understanding how fixed term employment differs from permanent and casual employment, and managing the process requirements.

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    Flexible Working Arrangements

    This guide details the flexible working arrangements scheme as introduced in an amendment to the Employment Relations Act in 2008.

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    Frustration

    This guide provides an overview of the doctrine of frustration where a supervening event renders performance of a contract impossible.

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    Full and Final Settlements

    This guide describes how a personal grievance is settled and documented.

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    Gifts

    This guide reveals some of the issues with gifts and provides some suggestions for how an employer might resolve these issues.

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    Good Faith

    Our guide to the concept of good faith in employment relationships and the obligations of both employers and employees.

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    Harassment and Bullying

    This guide discusses the main points employers should be aware of in preventing and dealing with harassment in the workplace.

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    Hazard Identification and Management

    This guide assists with compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

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    Health and Disability Commissioner Act

    This guide discusses the role of the Health and Disability Commissioner.

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    Health and Safety at Work

    Our premier guide to your obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

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    Holidays Act

    Our premier guide explaining employee minimum entitlements in regards to annual holidays, public holidays, sick leave, bereavement leave and family violence leave.

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    House Rules and Employee Handbook

    This guide addresses the importance of policies and procedures in the employment relationship to guide both the employer and employees on all matters arising out of that employment.

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    Human Rights

    This guide provides an overview on discrimination, the Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Tribunal.

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    Illegal File Sharing

    Our premier guide to understanding how the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 works and how to avoid becoming liable for your employees’ activities

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    Immigration

    Our premier guide to employing employees on a work visa. This includes employer and employee obligations, checking entitlement to work in New Zealand, and Immigration Advisor Licensing.

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    Incapacity

    Our premier guide to understanding medical incapacity. This includes a sample process and issues to consider when contemplating termination.

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    Incompatibility

    This guide provides some indication of what incompatibility means, when and how the term should be used, and what your obligations are in managing an instance of it.

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    Individual Employment Agreements

    Our premier guide contains an overview on the most common form of employment agreement including information on the minimum terms that must be included in all individual employment agreements.

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    Information Communications Technology Policies

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    Informed Consent

    This guide describes what informed consent is and situations when it is necessary for employment purposes.

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    Inland Revenue Department Audits

    This guide gives a general overview of what is involved in an IRD audit.

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    Job Descriptions

    This guide provides information on job descriptions and what information they should cover.

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    Jury Service

    This guide contains information on an employer’s obligation in relation to employees and jury service.

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    Kiwisaver

    Our premier guide to understanding the KiwiSaver legislation and the obligations it places on the employer.

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    Labour Inspectors

    This guide provides information about the function and powers of Labour Inspectors.

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    Lawful and Reasonable Instruction

    This guide outlines disobedience and insubordination and gives advice on how to manage both situations.

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    Leave Forms

    This guide includes samples of various leave forms including forms for; annual, sick, bereavement leave, and family violence leave.

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    Long Service Leave

    This is a term sometimes used for leave that is additional to the minimum requirements as set out by the Holidays Act 2003.

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    MECAs

    Multi-employer collective agreements (MECAs) are not new; they have existed in various forms under previous industrial laws.

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    Mediation

    A brief description of the mediation facility available to employers and employees to resolve employment disputes.

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    Medical Certificates

    This guide provides an overview of medical certificates in employment and privacy law as related to medical certificates.

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    Medical Examinations

    This guide covers situations in which medical examinations in employment are considered and addresses the legality of these examinations.

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    Minimum Employment Code

    This guide contains a list of the minimum standards of employment as set out in legislation.

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    Minimum Wage Act 1983

    This guide explains an employer's obligations under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 and other related legislation.

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    Official Information Act

    This guide discusses the purpose and principles of the Official Information Act 1982.

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    OOS

    This guide discusses occupational overuse syndrome including prevention, management and rehabilitation.

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    Parental Leave

    Our premier guide to understanding the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act. It includes employer obligations to employees, definitions of key terms under the Act, and details about employee entitlements and notice requirements.

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    PAYE

    Our premier guide to PAYE deductions. It includes information on different tax codes, record keeping and filing, as well as taxing holiday pay and redundancy payments.

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    Performance Management

    Our premier guide to conducting performance management which includes a sample procedure.

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    Personal Grievances

    This guide provides an overview of Personal Grievance claims against an employer: how they are raised, discussed and potentially resolved.

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    Pre-Employment Checks

    This guide discusses pre-employment checks and provides information on accessing criminal records, credit records and drivers checks.

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    Privacy

    This helpful guide outlines the privacy principles that should be considered in respect to personal information about an individual.

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    Private Health and Safety Prosecutions

    This guide provides information about private prosecutions under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

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    Protected Disclosures Act 2000

    This guide details the Protected Disclosures Act 2000. This Act promotes the disclosure of information that the public has an interest in seeing disclosed.

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    Public Holidays

    Our premier guide on dealing with public holidays. Included is information on payments for working/not working public holidays and alternative holidays.

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    Qualifications

    This guide provides information and discusses issues around the importance of qualifications being verified.

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    Records

    This guide discusses a variety of records that employers should retain, either by law or because they assist in the managing of employees and the workplace.

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    Recruitment and Selection

    Our premier guide to the recruitment process. This includes interviewing, pre-employment and reference checking, and offers of employment.

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    References

    This guide covers both providing and seeking references and outlines the privacy constraints that apply to references.

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    Restraints of Trade

    Our premier guide to understanding restraints of trade. It includes information on enforceability and what remedies are available for a breach.

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    Restructuring and Redundancy

    Our premier guide to understanding how to conduct a redundancy or restructuring process and issues that should be considered.

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    Retirement

    This guide provides an overview of the issues around retirement which employers need to be aware of.

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    Shop Trading Restrictions

    Within this guide is an outline of the shop trading restrictions on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and half of ANZAC Day.

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    Sick Leave

    Our premier guide to understanding sick leave entitlements and how payment for sick leave is calculated

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    Smoke-Free Environments Act

    This guide describes employer obligations under legislation with regard to smoking in the workplace.

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    Social Media

    You can follow what EMA is posting on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and its Blog. EMA also runs courses teaching business how to make the most of these media.

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    Stress and Fatigue

    This guide discusses stress and fatigue as it relates to health and safety in the workplace and considers identification and management of such conditions.

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    Strikes and Lockouts

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    Student Loan Deductions

    Some employees may have student loans and this guide provides detailed information on how deduct student loan payments from salaries and wages.

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    Superannuation Fund Contributions

    This guide provides an overview of the tax treatment of employer contributions to superannuation funds.

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    Suspension

    This guide discusses the suspension of employees during disciplinary procedures and of both striking and non-striking employees during a strike.

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    Termination of Employment

    This guide provides an overview of the circumstances that lead to termination and factors to consider when the employment relationship is ending

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    Trial and Probationary Periods

    Our premier guide to the law relating to trial and probationary periods, how to implement them to ensure they can be relied on.

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    Triangular Employment

    Our premier guide on understanding triangular employment relationships. This discusses the ability to join a controlling third party to personal grievance proceedings.

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    Undue Influence Duress

    The Employment Relations Act contains provisions that prohibit undue influence and duress in employment. This guide provides a detailed discussion about the requirements contained in these provisions.

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    Unions Rights

    This guide covers union rights including recognition, representation and access to workplaces.

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    Vaccination Guide 2021

    This guide aims to help you understand what your obligations are when it comes to vaccinations for your staff, based on employment law and health and safety.

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    Vicarious Liability

    Sometimes an employee causes damage while they are performing their duties. This guide discusses the liability of an employer to pay for that damage.

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    Volunteers

    Our premier guide to understanding volunteers. This includes understanding the difference between volunteers and employees, as well as tax implications when volunteers are rewarded for their services.

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    Volunteers Employment Protection Act

    When employees who are in the territorial or reserve forces go on protected voluntary service their employment is protected. This guide discusses what an employer needs to do in such a case.

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    Vulnerable Employees

    This guide outlines the law and employer obligations relating to certain groups of workers when their employment is affected by restructuring.

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    Waitangi Day

    This guide discusses Waitangi Day as a public holiday.

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    Work and Life Balance

    Work-life balance is an important aspect of any employment relationship. This guide provides information on what an employer can do to make sure there is a healthy balance between life at work and life outside work.

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    Worker Engagement Participation and Representation

    This guide provides an overview of worker involvement in health and safety under the Health and Safety at Work Act and its regulations. It includes employer obligations and health and safety training.

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    Workplace Assessment

    This guide describes the National Qualifications Framework as it relates to workplace assessments.

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    WorkSafe NZ

    Our guide to Worksafe NZ, the health and safety regulator. Includes information about the structure and functions of Worksafe NZ and links to relevant forms.

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    Young Persons

    This guide gives advice on treating young people in the workplace. It includes minimum wage and tax treatment information.

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