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6 CHANGES TO THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS ACT COMING ON 6TH MARCH

On 6 March 2015 the Employment Relations Act is changing. Here are the 6 key changes: 1. Refinements to employers’ disclosure obligations The duty of good faith in section 4 will be amended to extend the circumstances in which an employer may refuse to disclose information to an employee whose position is being restructured. Employers will be entitled to withhold confidential information about a person other than the affected employee, but only if it involves unwarranted disclosure of the affairs of that other person. This amendment addresses the conflicting obligations to disclose personal information under the Act and the duty not to disclose personal information under the Privacy Act.
Written by Shima Grice at 10:00

BOOST TO PAID PARENTAL LEAVE

On 1 April 2015 the full entitlement to paid parental leave will increase to 16 weeks. This will increase again on 1 April 2016 to 18 weeks. This means the entitlement will align more closely with Australia and the OECD average.
Written by Shima Grice at 09:00

PARENTAL LEAVE - THE BIRTH OF SOMETHING NEW?

Managing an employee on parental leave can be full of hidden traps. To help make it easier the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking feedback on modernising parental leave. Click the heading above to find out how you can be involved.
Written by Shima Grice at 09:00

CYBER BULLYING - HARMFUL DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS BILL

The Harmful Digital Communications Bill is the government’s response to the Law Commission’s findings that existing legislation does not effectively address new forms of harm made possible by digital communication. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Shima Grice at 09:00

HOW DO YOU STORE PERSONAL INFORMATION?

If you use spreadsheets to track employee, customer, contractor or supplier information, you are opening yourself up to error and possibly breaching your obligations under the Privacy Act 1993, Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Shima Grice at 09:00

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"YOU'RE FIRED!" - WE ARE CLOSER TO IT THAN WE REALISE

Employers often complain that it is “too hard” to get rid of staff, and say it is a procedural nightmare. We wondered how New Zealand compares to other countries. Luckily for us, the OECD has released its ranking of employment protection (how hard it is to fire someone) across the OECD. Click the heading above to find out more.
Written by Shima Grice at 09:00

Minimum Wage to Increase to $14.25

The starting-out and training minimum wages will also increase, from $11 an hour to $11.40 an hour. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Shima Grice at 09:00

New Bullying Prevention Guidelines Released By Worksafe New Zealand

Workplace bullying is a health and safety issue. Worksafe describes it as a “significant hazard”. In guidelines just released, Worksafe make it very clear that employers who do not address workplace bullying are in breach of the law. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Shima Grice at 10:45

Earthquake-Prone Buildings and the Health and Safety Act – How Does This Affect You?

Under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSEA), employers and owners of buildings which are places of work must identify and manage hazards in the place of work. This includes building-related hazards. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Shima Grice at 09:00

CHANGES COMING TO THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS ACT

The Employment Relations Bill was recently reported back from select committee and looks likely to pass into law later this year. The Bill is intended to make a number of changes to the 2000 Act, including:
Written by Shima Grice at 09:00

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