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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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High Court confirms guidelines for sentencing Expand article
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The decision determined appeals brought by three companies fined under s.48 by the District Court, being Stumpmaster v Worksafe New Zealand; The Tasman Tanning Company v WorkSafe New Zealand; Niagara ...

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Holidays Act Review - August 2018 Expand article
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The Group is made up of employer, worker and government representatives and is chaired by Gordon Anderson, a law professor at Victoria University with extensive experience in employment law. The revie...

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Domestic Violence - Victims’ Protection Act 2018 - August 2018 Expand article
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In this context, a person affected by domestic violence means a person who is one or both of the following: a person against whom any other person is inflicting, or has inflicted, domestic violence, a...

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Dependent Contractors - August 2018 Expand article
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The Government committed to introducing statutory support and legal rights for dependent contractors who are effectively workers under the control of an employer but who do not receive the legal prote...

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Fair Pay Agreements - August 2018 Expand article
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This amounts to some level of re-establishment of the old award system – by stealth over time, if not immediately.  The spectre of demarcation disputes is there, with the group charged with “determini...

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Triangular Employment - August 2018 Expand article
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For some time the concept of triangular employment has been an issue.  In the recent case of Prasad v LSG Skychefs [2017] NZEmpC 150, to which the current legislation applied, the Court found the empl...

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Employment Relations Amendment Bill - Aug 2018 Expand article
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Most of the proposed changes simply roll back changes made by the National Government in 2015. Some of the changes apply from the day after the date of Royal Assent and so will be in force before the ...

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Employment Relations Amendment Bill Expand article
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Most of the proposed changes simply roll back changes made by the National Government in 2013 (secret ballots for strikes) and 2015. Some of the changes apply from the day after the date of Royal Asse...

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Pay Trends - June 2018 Expand article
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The signalled increases in the Minimum Wage are significant at around 7% per annum for the next 3 years.  The Pay Equity settlement for aged care workers set a trend with increases of over 20%. Follow...

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Fair Pay Agreements - June 2018 Expand article
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This amounts to re-establishment of the old award system – by stealth over time, if not immediately.  The spectre of demarcation disputes is there, with the group charged with “determining the scope o...

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Trial Periods Expand article
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It is hard to see what the fuss is all about.  In Australia, a 12 month qualifying period applies for small employers (those with <15 employees) with a six month qualifying period for large employers....

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