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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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Employment Relations Amendment Bill Update Expand article
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This week (10 September) the Select Committee incensed business leaders by reporting back the Employment Relations Amendment Bill with very few changes, completely flying in the face of the submissions made by business. 

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Employment Relations Amendment Bill - Aug 2018 Expand article
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The Select Committee is due to report back to the House on 7 September.  Every indication is there will be few, if any, changes despite the high number of submissions.

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Triangular Employment - August 2018 Expand article
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This is a private member’s Bill drawn from the ballot on 1 February. In our view there is a high probability of this Bill passing into law because it will go a long way to meeting the Government's agenda of increasing the job security and pay of thousands of labour hire workers who don’t know from one day to the next whether they will be working.  It will certainly impact labour hire practices, one way or another. 

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Fair Pay Agreements - August 2018 Expand article
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Here is something employers should be exercised about.  An FPA Working Group headed by Sir Jim Bolger has been established with the purpose of “making independent recommendations to the Government on the scope and design of a system of bargaining to set minimum terms and conditions of employment across industries or occupations”. It has apparently met a couple of times but those involved must be tight lipped as nothing has leaked yet.

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Dependent Contractors - August 2018 Expand article
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The Government has policy commitments to improve the circumstances of non-permanent employees and persons in contracting relationships.  

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