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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:

• Clarifying what an employer must disclose as part of its duty of good faith;
• Removing the duty to conclude in collective bargaining;
• Extending the right to request flexible working arrangements to all employees;
• 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 provisions apply,
• Exempting certain employers from compliance with the employee transfer provisions;
• 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.

Written by Shima Grice at 09:00

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