Your Employment Rights

It doesn’t matter what company you work for in New Zealand, as an employee you have certain employment rights. These minimum rights apply to all employees regardless of your visa status or what is written in your employment agreement.

It’s important to know your rights, and what to do if you believe your rights are not being met by your employer.

The right to be treated fairly and to work in a safe workplace.
You have the right to a written employment agreement.
You must be paid at least the minimum wage, which is currently $17.70 for each hour you work.
You must be paid the full amount that you are entitled to receive under your employment agreement. This amount also cannot be lower than the minimum wage.  You should not be giving cash back to your employer after you have been paid. 
You have the right to 4 weeks of paid annual holiday each year, after you have worked for your employer for 12 months.
You have the right to take 11 public holidays off work on full pay (if the public holiday is on a day that you normally work).
If your employment agreement says so, your employer can ask or require you to work on a public holiday.  If you work on a public holiday then you are entitled: 
  • to be paid 1.5 times your normal pay for that day; and
  • to receive another paid day off (if the public holiday that you worked is a day that you normally work on).
You are entitled to paid leave under these circumstances if you have been employed by your employer for 6 months:
  • 5 days’ paid sick leave a year;
  • up to 3 days’ paid bereavement leave on the death of your spouse or partner, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, or your spouse or partner’s parent;
  • up to 1 day’s paid bereavement leave on the death of any person not mentioned above and if your employer accepts that you have suffered a bereavement; and
  • up to 10 days’ paid domestic violence leave.
The right to rest and meal breaks.  Your entitlement to rest and meal breaks depends on how long your shift is.  You can find details of your minimum entitlements at
The right to parental leave and parental leave payments if you have worked for your employer for 6 months. The length of leave depends on how long you have worked for your employer. 
The right to ask for details of your time worked, leave and holiday entitlements. 
The right not to be exploited or threatened because of your visa status.
Below are the translated versions in Hindi and Chinese that you can download:
If you consider that you are deliberately being denied your minimum employment rights, talk with your employer or contact the Super Liquor Support Office by:
  • calling 0800 547867; 
  • emailing; or
  • emailing or speaking with your Franchise Manager at the Super Liquor Support Office. If you are unsure of their contact details, you can call 0800 547867 to get them. 
You can find more information on your minimum employment rights at Information is available in 12 languages on this website including Maori, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Panjabi, Samoan, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan and Vietnamese.