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The Wages Protection Act 1983 sets out the way wages must be paid, and prevents unlawful deductions from wages.

When and how should wages be paid

Employees should be paid on the day and at the intervals that have been agreed with the employer. Employers cannot change the normal pay day without the agreement of the employee.

Employers are obliged to pay wages in cash (i.e. New Zealand coins or banknotes) unless:

Employers can’t put any requirements on their employee about how the employee spends their wages.

Deductions & Overpayment