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Equal Pay Amendment Bill ex Select Committee Expand article
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Finally the Select Committee has reported back on this important Bill.

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New Employee Forms Available Expand article
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As you will be aware, from 6 May 2019, where an existing collective agreement covers the work of the new employee, the employer is required to provide the new employee with a prescribed form concerning union membership.

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Fair Pay Agreements Working Group Recommendations Expand article
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This report probably confirms the fears of many employers.  The Government is yet to draft legislation, so we’re a long way off knowing what we’re really dealing with here.However, it seems certain th...

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Holidays Act Expand article
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In (Wendco NZ Ltd v Labour Inspector of MBIE [2017] NZERA Christchurch 199), the Employment Relations Authority (“Authority”) considered the question of how to assess an otherwise working day (“OWD”),...

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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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Triangular Employment Bill Expand article
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The Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill has come back from Select Committee, with all provisions relating to joining collective agreements being removed.  This has essentially ...

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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...

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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.   We expected that level of increase because it reflects a “straight line” approa...

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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. Those with immediate effect are: Unions need consent to enter an employer's premises unless a c...

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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 progr...

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Equal Pay Amendment Bill Introduced Expand article
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Background The Bill, introduced on 19 September, is the latest in a long line of proposals to amend the Equal Pay Act of 1972.  People often use the terms Pay Equity and Equal Pay interchangeably, but...

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Employment Relations Amendment Bill Update Expand article
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It is very disappointing that the Select Committee couldn’t reach a sensible conclusion on rest and meal breaks as the prescriptive approach in the Bill simply won’t work.  For example, it stipulates ...

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