The terms and conditions which govern the relationship between an employee and employer are found from three sources.

  1. Legislation.

  2. Common law and cases.

  3. The employment agreement (provided the terms do not conflict with legislation, common law and cases).

The Employment Relations Act 2000 is the primary statute that governs the employment relationship. However, there are numerous other statutes which also contain rules which affect the relationship, these include:

  • Holidays Act 2003

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

  • Human Rights Act 1993

  • Wages Protection Act 1983

  • Minimum Wage Act 1983

  • Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987.

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