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Entitlement to Work

Published December 11, 2018 Author: Andrew Felix Rose

Prior to hiring a new employee, it is the employer’s responsibility to confirm the new employee is legally allowed to work in New Zealand.

To find out if a potential candidate is a legal worker, the employer must get permission from the candidate to check their visa status. Candidates do not need a valid visa to be offered a job, but they must have one that confirms they are legally allowed to work in New Zealand from the start date of employment.

If an employer knowingly hires an illegal worker, they could be forced to pay a fine of up to $10,000 NZD.

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