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of areas of law, written by our legal experts.
Tuesday October 31, 2017
A Labour-led government means we will see a number of changes to the employment law landscape. Some of their policies likely to affect you include:
Changes to minimum employment rights
Minimum wage will increase to $16.50 per hour from 1 April 2018.
The length of paid parental leave will increase from 18 to 26 weeks from 1 July 2018.
90-day trial periods will be altered, so employers must give reasons for dismissal, and disputes on trial period dismissals heard within 3 weeks.
The requirement for rest and meal breaks to be taken at specified time will be restored.
Wednesday July 19, 2017
A recent story in the NZ Herald highlights a common mistake many employers make when recruiting staff.
An advertisement placed by an Auckland vet clinic suggested that the position was not suitable for someone planning to take long periods of “time off for parenting”. While many employers may feel this way, discrimination when recruiting can get you into hot water.
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Friday March 24, 2017
How do you address the gender pay gap? This is the question the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles (the JWG) had to answer when it was established by the government in 2015. This group consists of government, employer and union representatives and was tasked with recommending equal pay principles for government consideration.
Friday September 2, 2016
Despite legal requirements that all employees have a written employment agreement, thousands of New Zealand employees are still working without one, a recent survey by Statistics New Zealand has showed.
Friday April 22, 2016
Does your business pay overtime, bonuses or commissions to employees? If the answer is yes, then read on to ensure your employee’s don’t have a claim for more holiday pay.
Most employers will be aware of the recent media reporting in relation to underpaid holiday pay for more than 24,000 public and private sector workers.
Wednesday March 16, 2016
Directors, Chief Executives and Managers - Health and safety is your responsibility! On 4 April 2016 the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 comes into force. This means that you only have a couple of weeks to ensure that your business complies with the new legal requirements. Will you be ready?
Thursday November 19, 2015
You may recall that taxpayers were left to foot the bill for $700 worth of damage to two model sheep at the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment’s Christmas party last year – we will draw the line at speculating how that damage may have been done.
So, with Christmas fast approaching, how do you ensure your office party antics don’t hit the headlines when your employees hit the booze?
Thursday August 27, 2015
On 13 August the Government has introduced the Employment Standards Legislation Bill for fairer and more productive workplaces.
Wednesday August 12, 2015
A recent TVNZ article has highlighted the fact that some employers have begun encouraging staff not to take sick leave by giving them an end of year bonus.
What it didn’t discuss is how to deal with employees who continue to come to work, despite being clearly unwell.
Tuesday July 28, 2015
We now have some certainty about the future of health and safety law in New Zealand: on Friday the Transport and Industrial Select Committee finally reported back on the Bill.