In the event of a termination of a local employee, the employee’s salary must be paid:
An employer must tell their employee in advance when the employer is going to end the employee’s employment (unless the employer is going to dismiss the employee without notice for serious misconduct).
Just because an employment agreement contains a notice period doesn’t mean that the employer can dismiss the employee for any reason as long as they give the appropriate notice.
The employer must still have a good reason and must follow a fair process.
This also includes fixed-term agreements.
The notice period in New Zealand is:
An employee must tell their employer in advance when they want to leave employment (generally outlined in the employment agreement). Depending on the role 2 to 4 weeks’ notice is often seen as fair.
Notice of redundancy
If there is no specific clause in an employment agreement giving a period of notice in a redundancy situation, ‘reasonable notice’ must be given. The length of ‘reasonable notice’ depends on a variety of factors, such as:
- the reason for the redundancy
- the employee’s length of service
- the employee’s seniority and/or remuneration package
- custom, practice, and industry norms
- the employee’s ability to find alternative employment
the amount of compensation being paid (if any).