In a recession, finding a job isn’t always easy.  Hiring new staff can be risky.  As we recover from tough economic times, Kiwis deserve to have every opportunity to find work and hire new staff.

National wants to see New Zealanders in work.  That’s why we’ve extended the 90-day trial period for new employees to all businesse

National wants to make sure that employers have the confidence to take on new staff and to expand job opportunities for people who struggle to get work.

In 2008 we introduced the 90-day trial period for businesses with fewer than 20 employees. This has worked extremely well and is a win-win situation for employers and employees.

A Department of Labour report found that the vast majority of people employed on a trial period have remained in work. The report said that most employers thought dismissals during the trial period weren’t good and actively tried to avoid them.

Extending trial period to all businesses is just one part of a package of employment law improvements.

We simplified the personal grievance process to sort out employment problems faster, reduce costs, and improve confidence in the system.

We also improved the Holidays Act, which includes giving employees the option of trading one of their four weeks’ annual leave for cash.

Maximum penalties will double for employers who don’t comply with the Holidays Act.

This change brings greater choice for employees.  The chance to cash up a week of annual leave at the employee’s request has a great deal of public support and we know many people are looking forward to taking up the opportunity.

We are committed to maintaining a fair and equitable system that protects the rights of New Zealand workers.