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New Zealand
MINIMUM WAGE (NEW ENTRANTS) AMENDMENT ACT 2007

  1. ANALYSIS
    1. 1 Title
    2. 2 Commencement
    3. 3 Principal Act amended
    4. 4 Purpose
    5. 5 Prescription of minimum wages
Minimum Wage (New Entrants) Amendment Act 2007 ANALYSIS


1 Title

This Act is the Minimum Wage (New Entrants) Amendment Act 2007.



2 Commencement

This Act comes into force on 1 April 2008.



3 Principal Act amended

This Act amends the Minimum Wage Act 1983.



4 Purpose

The purpose of this Act is to amend the principal Act to provide expressly for a minimum rate of wages to be prescribed for new entrants, being workers who---

(a) are 16 or 17 years of age; and

(b) meet certain criteria.



5 Prescription of minimum wages

Section 4(1) and (2) are repealed and the following subsections substituted:

"(1) The Governor-General may, by Order in Council, prescribe the minimum rate of wages payable to---

"(a) workers---

"(i) who are 16 years of age or older; and

"(ii) to whom neither paragraph (b) nor (c) applies:

"(b) workers who are new entrants, being workers who are 16 or 17 years of age except workers---

"(i) who have completed 3 months or 200 hours of employment, whichever is the shorter; or

"(ii) who are supervising or training other workers; or

"(iii) to whom paragraph (c) applies:

"(c) 1 or more classes of workers---

"(i) defined in the order; and

"(ii) who are employed under contracts of service under which they are required to undergo training, instruction, or examination for the purpose of becoming qualified for the occupation to which their contract of service relates.

"(2) A minimum rate of wages prescribed under subsection (1) may be prescribed as---

"(a) a monetary amount; or

"(b) a percentage of any other minimum rate prescribed under subsection (1).

"(3) However, a minimum rate prescribed for the purposes of subsection (1)(b) must not be less than 80% of any rate prescribed for the purposes of subsection (1)(a).

"(4) In subsection (1)(b)(i), employment---

"(a) includes employment undertaken with more than 1 employer; and

"(b) includes any employment undertaken before the commencement of the Minimum Wage (New Entrants) Amendment Act 2007; but

"(c) does not include any employment undertaken before a new entrant turns 16 years of age."

Legislative history

7 December 2005 Introduction (Bill 9-1) 22 February 2006 First reading and referral to Transport and Industrial Relations Committee 21 August 2006 Discharged from Transport and Industrial Relations Committee 30 August 2006 Referral to Transport and Industrial Relations Committee 29 June 2007 Reported from Transport and Industrial Relations Committee (Bill 9-2) 25 July 2007 Second reading 15 August 2007 Committee of the whole House (Bill 9-3) 5 September 2007 Third reading

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2011/770/EU: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 November 2011 on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund in accordance with point 28 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management (application EGF/2011/001 AT/Niederösterreich-Oberösterreich from Austria) [2011-11-30]
2011/772/EU: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 November 2011 on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund in accordance with point 28 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management (application EGF/2010/019 IE/Construction 41 from Ireland) [2011-11-30]
Regulation (EU) No 492/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2011 on freedom of movement for workers within the Union Text with EEA relevance [2011-05-27]
Council Decision of 21 March 2011 appointing the members and alternate members of the Advisory Committee on Freedom of Movement for Workers for Italy and Hungary [2011-03-24]
Commission Regulation (EU) No 249/2011 of 14 March 2011 adopting the specifications of the 2012 ad hoc module on transition from work to retirement provided for by Council Regulation (EC) No 577/98 Text with EEA relevance [2011-03-15]