On 20 April, the Government intends announcing its plans for lifting Level 4. While nobody expects that to occur before 22 April, there is growing pressure from many quarters to move to Level 2 as soon as possible so the economy can start to flow.Read More
Your obligations under the wage subsidy scheme depend on whether you applied before or after 4pm on 27 March (ie date of application, not date of receipt of payment).
The scheme focuses on three groups of workers in essential businesses:
*At risk groups are:
This month we have three public holidays:
I have read a number of commentaries by politicians, bureaucrats, lawyers and others about how employers should be complying with their employment law obligations during the lockdown. It is clear that most of these people are not directly affected by the situation and have not had to deal with the reality of seeing their business rapidly disappear.Read More
Previously the Government’s advice was that employers must pay the full amount of wage subsidy to the employees for whom it was claimed. This created a situation where some employees could receive more than they otherwise would have if they had worked normally.Read More
Since 4.00 pm on 27 March:
It is obvious that the COVID-19 crisis will cause major damage to a very large number of businesses. The most optimistic advice seems to be that this will run for at least 3 months, but even if that is the case, the recovery may take many more months, or even years in some cases.
The big question is what to do to limit the damage?Read More
The Government has recently introduced the Screen Workers Bill into Parliament. The Bill does not repeal the so-called Hobbit Law, but is consistent with the recommendations from the joint working party recommendations last year.Read More
The Coronavirus (now officially called Covid – 19) is a large family of viruses that are highly contagious, and recently confirmed as airborne, that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe respiratory diseases, which can be life threatening. It therefore poses a serious health and safety risk and you should take active steps to manage the risks in your business. The incubation period is 14 days, although Chinese researchers now say it could be up to 24 days.Read More
A lot is going on in the contractor space. As discussed previously, the Labour Party manifesto promised that within its first 12 months in Government it would “introduce statutory support and legal rights for dependent contractors who are effectively workers under the control of an employer, but who do not have the legal protections currently provided to employees under the law”.Read More
One day the CTU is complaining about the lack of progress on Fair Pay Agreements and the next the Government suddenly produces a consultation document. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Then the Minister is at pains to talk about getting it right for the long term and then expects feedback on the consultation document is less than 40 days.Read More