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Equal Pay Amendment Bill – comes into force on 7 November

The guts of this one is that it changes how workers can make pay equity claims using NZ’s existing bargaining framework, thus removing some cost and time barriers that currently exist and put people off making claims.   By effectively making court action a last resort, this lowers the bar to employees initiating a pay equity claim

So, some insights on what Pay Equity actually means:

  • Gender cannot be a determining factor in the receiving of the same pay for jobs that are different, but of equal value (require a similar degree of skill, responsibility, effort and experience, and conditions)
  • This differs from equal pay that is about men and women getting the same pay for doing the same job.

Read more here and watch this space for what could be some big claims…