DLA Piper has published another very informative guide on employment law around the globe. Its a very interesting compilation and includes lots of different countries with completely different cultural backgrounds and laws. Of course, New Zealand didnt make the list, probably because its just too insignificant an employment market. Common perception presumably also is that the law is the same as in Australia. Which it isnt, notably in regards to the concept of trust and confidence, which is an essential part of every employment relationship in NZ, but not even implied in Australia.
Germany has the most complex rules, as expected. Interesting too: a recent comparative study of 50 countries found that German employees enjoy the best work-life balance, even ahead of the Swiss. They are getting paid the most and have the most time off. Lots of money, lots of time. The only drawback is that you have to live there then.