So, you know you want to hire someone, and you’ve figured out what type of employee you need and what they’ll do. Now you just have to hire them!
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Great working relationships start with a great recruitment process that clearly explains the role, working conditions and employment rights. With just a bit of planning, you’ll set yourself up right and take your business further in the long-term.
Remember, a person is an employee once an offer is accepted. This might be through verbal agreement or signing a letter or employment agreement.
Remember, if they start work (or start to travel for the job) without an employment agreement, minimum employment standards will apply.
Union form for new employees (external link) — Employment New Zealand
Remember, new employees will be more comfortable if you’re fully prepared for them. Being prepared will also speed up their settling-in time and get them contributing to your business faster. If this is your first employee, you’ll need to register as an employer with Inland Revenue.
Employer registration form (IR334) (external link) — Inland Revenue
Our page on how to set up a new employee will guide you through this process.
KiwiSaver employee details form (KS1) (external link) — Inland Revenue
Tax code declaration form (IR330) (external link) — Inland Revenue
Remember, the more effort you put into getting the right employee, settling them in to the role, and getting them up to speed with their work, the better it’ll be for you, your staff and your business.
You must do it by law, and it’s a great foundation for an employment relationship. Our new Employment Agreement Builder (external link) will help guide you through the steps to create a proper agreement.
Find out what you know about hiring and managing people. When you're done, follow the links in the answers for more details.