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Minimum Wage Increase Expand article
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The government stayed true to its policy position by announcing that the rate will increase to $17.70/hour on 1 April.   

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Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018 Expand article
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The government backed off on some key proposals in its flagship Bill, notably allowing employers to opt out of multi-employer collective bargaining; and softening other aspects, such as limiting union access to employer premises.  As we’ve consistently said, there’s not much to worry about here. 

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Triangular Employment Bill Expand article
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Triangular employment involves a person being employed by one employer, but working under the control and direction of another business, such as can occur when a business engages a person employed by a labour hire company.

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Fair Pay Agreements Expand article
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The key issue of Fair Pay Agreements remains, but the government has already backed off by saying there will only be two of these before the next Election.  

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Holidays Act Expand article
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The Holidays Act continues to cause employers issues, with various cases demonstrating how out of step the Act has become when applying it to variable rostered work.

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Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed Expand article
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The Bill has been passed.  Some provisions come into effect on 6 December and the balance on 6 May 2019.

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Late Changes to Employment Relations Bill Expand article
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It appears there has been more going on in the background on this Bill than we thought.  It is now clear that NZ First has forced a couple of key changes to the Bill, which also explains why its progress has virtually come to a standstill.

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Christmas/New Year Holidays - The Basics Expand article
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This year the public holidays are straight forward.  Because 25 & 26 December and 1 & 2 January are not weekend days, the holidays are observed on the days they fall.

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Equal Pay Amendment Bill Introduced Expand article
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This Bill, introduced on 19 September, is the latest in a long line of proposals to amend the Equal Pay Act of 1972. 

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