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,
• Clarifying what an employer must disclose as part of its duty of
• Removing the duty to conclude in collective bargaining;
• Extending the right to request flexible working arrangements to
• Clarifying entitlements to rest breaks and meal breaks, the
timing and duration of the breaks, and compensatory measures.
• Creating an exemption for small to medium-sized businesses from
certain employee transfer requirements.
• Clarifying the type of employees to whom the employee transfer
• Exempting certain employers from compliance with the employee
• New requirements for written notice of all strikes and lockouts,
including the requirement that notices to specify a start and end
date and time, or specify an event, and clarify what constitutes a
partial strike; and
• Detailed provisions setting timeframes for the Employment
Relations Authority to release determinations.
We will keep you updated as changes occur.