New Zealand Leave Policies

New Zealand offers generous annual leave entitlements to its citizens. These policies ensure employees have an excellent work-life balance, which helps improve employee performance and productivity. Have questions? Continue reading to learn everything about New Zealand’s leave regulations.

Annual Leave Policy

  1. Calculation Of Annual Leave Entitlement

New Zealand’s annual leave policy entitles employees to a minimum of 4 weeks of paid annual leave. The law also accommodates employees with unpredictable work schedules. Workers can expect their annual leave to be calculated based on the average hours they’ve clocked in over the past year.

  1. Provisions For Taking Annual Leave

Employees must be allowed to take at least 2 of the 4 weeks of annual leave continuously. Annual leave can be taken at any time agreed upon between the employer and the employee.

Sick Leave Policy Changes

The New Zealand government has a sick leave policy to better support employees who fall ill or need to take care of a sick family member. Beginning July 24, 2021, the sick leave entitlement increased from 5 to 10 days. Employees are eligible to use sick leave once they’ve completed 6 months of employment or on their sick leave entitlement anniversary. However, employers may allow new employees to take sick leave before six months, and the employer and employee can agree on the terms and conditions of this arrangement. It’s important to thoroughly review your employment agreement for further guidance.

Leave in Case of Domestic Violence

This provision provides up to ten days of additional paid leave to employees who need to take time off work to deal with the effects of domestic violence, including getting help or support, attending court hearings, or relocating. Employees have the right to request short-term flexible working arrangement for up to 2 months.

Implications for Employees

New Zealand’s annual, sick, and domestic violence leave policies have significant implications for employees, providing benefits such as improved access to leave entitlements, enhanced flexibility, and greater protection. For more information regarding international employment compliance knowledge and valuable tools; schedule a demo.


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