This is the advice from Jessica Brown of Citizens Advice Bureau Te Awamutu.

“We get many queries from clients who are unsure of their employment situation and often it turns out that they don’t have a written, signed employment agreement,” says Mrs Brown.

“What we are seeing suggests that employers who don’t provide employment agreements are also less likely to be fulfilling their other employer obligations, for example regarding pay information and making PAYE deductions.

“It’s actually a legal requirement for an employer to give their employee a written copy of the employment agreement.

“Your employment agreement should specify details such as your hours of work, what your work duties will be, where you will do your work, your pay rate, leave entitlements and so on.”

Mrs Brown adds that any conditions in the agreement must meet minimum employment conditions.

“For example, it can’t specify a pay rate that is below the minimum wage, or provide for less than the minimum entitlements for leave.

“Once the agreement has been signed, any changes to it must be agreed to by both you and your employer.”

If you think there might be a problem with your employment agreement, you are welcome to seek advice from Te Awamutu CAB.

“We can help you know your employment rights and work out what your options are if you aren’t getting what you’re entitled to.”

Te Awamutu CAB, Ray White Arcade, 2/213 Alexandra Street, Monday to Friday, 9am – 3.30pm or phone 871 4111 or toll free on 0800 367 222, or email

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Source: Bay of Plenty Times


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