Keep employee records tight – best practice is to keep a copy of passport and/or visa on personnel files. Employers are obliged to make sure a person has the right to work in New Zealand, even if they are a kiwi!
Have a follow up system in place when an employee holds a work visa because the visa has an expiry date. Apply too late for renewal and the employee may have to stop work.
When an employee changes positions, employer or city of employment, then a new work visa is usually required – take advice.
Watch out for expiry dates of work visas. In many cases jobs need to be re-advertised before applying for another work visa. Avoid last minute drama.
Remember wage rates for some migrant workers changed from last November plus the minimum wage changed 1 April. Are you up-to-speed? A major NZ employer has just had to make a large back-pay to its workers.