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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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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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