- Register as an employer
Once you have decided to employ staff, you must register with us as an employer. To do this you will need the IRD number of your business.
Most people find it easier to register as an employer online. You can also fill in an Employer Registration Form (IR334) and send it to us. If you are a company, you can also register as an employer as part of an application for an IRD number through the Companies Office Incorporation Process.
Our Employers guide (IR335) will give you information about the tax responsibilities involved with employing staff.
- Make sure your employee is allowed to work in New Zealand
It's important to check that a person is legally allowed to work in New Zealand before you employ them.
You can check whether they have a visa to work using "VisaView".
To check if a person is allowed to work here using Visa View login to your RealMe account on the Immigration New Zealand website.
- Have a signed employment agreement
When you employ someone, you need an employment agreement to protect the rights of both you and your employee.
Business.govt.nz has information that will assist you with employment agreements and an employment agreement builder to step you through creating your own.
You can also learn about other matters relating to employing people such as minimum pay rates, holidays and safe work places at Business.govt.nz
- Understand ACC requirements
As an employer you're responsible for providing your employees with a safe workplace and ACC cover for work-related injuries.
ACC has a page for businesses that outlines what they offer, how levies work and how you can apply for discounts.
- Check overall compliance requirements
You can get an overall picture of compliance requirements for employers using the Compliance Matters tool on Business.govt.nz
Compliance Matters is a simple search tool to help businesses find, understand and manage their government compliance obligations. It has information from 7 different government agencies all in one place to make it easier for you to find what you need to know.