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Employing Staff Through WINZ Programmes

Published 01 Feb 2014

Employers sometimes source personnel through WINZ. This involves entering into an agreement with WINZ where WINZ sources an individual to perform a particular role for the Employer.

WINZ may provide wage and training subsidies to the Employer depending on the programme and circumstances. Employers have to discharge their obligations to their Employees in accordance with the law.

For example, the Employer should have a written employment agreement in place in accordance with the Employment Relations Act 2000 (“the ERA 2000”).

The ERA 2000 requires individual employment agreements to be in writing, which may contain such terms and conditions as agreed between the Employer and the Employee. The agreements must not be contrary to law or inconsistent with the ERA 2000.

ERA 2000 does specifically require certain information be included. It is therefore, encumbered upon the Employer to provide written employment agreements. Breaching the requirements of the ERA 2000 exposes the Employer to monetary penalties of up to $20,000.

Employers who have sourced or are considering sourcing personnel through WINZ, please get in touch with us to discuss your obligations, and best practice procedures.

For in-depth information on employing staff, including the process, forms and letter templates, please refer to the "How to Employ Staff" ebook which Employer Support Package subscribers can download from the "Library" tab of the Employers Toolbox [ ].
The eBook is available for non members to purchase from the following link How to Employ Staff
free offer

Purchasers of the "How to Employ Staff" ebook will also be emailed a complementary employment agreement template.