Guidance for workers

Your pre-employment rights

Getting a good job is a life-affirming experience. Meaningful work allows us to maximise our potential as human beings, provides us with financial security and is a powerful element in building a cohesive New Zealand.

Pre-employment processes generally go well when employers focus on the skills, experience and competencies required for the job. Employers can then attract and select the best person for the job against objective criteria. They can go wrong when applicants perceive they have been treated differently because of, for example, their sex, race, ethnic background, age, disability or sexual orientation.

The A to Z for employers and employees is a set of guidelines aimed at ensuring equality and fairness for all job applicants regardless of characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, age, disability and religion.

The A to Z has been compiled with reference to the questions asked most frequently of the Human Rights Commission. The guidelines have been informed by comment from employers’ groups such as Business New Zealand, the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and from trade unions through the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.

The A to Z Pre-employment guidelines: