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Pressure on Wage Settlements Expand article
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Even though the CPI is staying low at 1.7% for the year to June 2017 and projected to remain under that level until 2019, there is increasing pressure in wage negotiations. The combination of the rece...

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MBIE Holiday Pay Audits Expand article
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In the wake of payroll errors in Police and even in MBIE itself, MBIE has been busy conducting audits in many larger organisations. Almost without exception, including some union payrolls, widespread ...

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"Availability" still an issue Expand article
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The legislative response to “zero hours” contracts which came into effect on 1 April 2016 continues to cause problems. The Government got itself confused about this matter and left us with many uninte...

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First Case on Availability Provisions Expand article
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The case of Fraser v Carrick Holdings Limited (a McDonald’s franchisee), has been decided in the Employment Court.  In essence the Court decided that provided employees are not required to work more t...

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Labour’s Workplace Relations Policies Expand article
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The way things are headed with forming the new Government it’s timely to revisit Labour’s policies in this area. The Jacinda effect meant there was little focus on workplace relations during the campa...

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Fair Work Ombudsman gets more powers Expand article
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Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) regularly prosecutes employers who breach Australian employment laws.  Key advisors, such as HR managers, accountants, bookkeepers and payroll personnel, are also...

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Repudiated Contract - Restraint Unenforceable Expand article
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The Victorian Court of appeal recently rejected financial services firm Crowe Horwarth Pty Ltd's appeal to enforce post-employment restraints against a senior accountant who sought to provide accounti...

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Holiday Pay - The tip of the iceberg Expand article
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The recent disclosure of holiday pay irregularities in Police and more recently MBIE are no surprise and probably the tip of the iceberg. The Holidays Act 2003 is too complicated, but the real issue i...

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More on Uber drivers Expand article
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Uber's problems appear to be escalating.   June 20 has now been set as the date for the class action lawsuit to determine whether Californian Uber drivers are employees or contractors. Last year in pe...

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Parental Leave changes - 1 April 2016 Expand article
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From 1 April 2016 paid parental leave is extended to 18 weeks. 

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Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 Expand article
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This Act finally comes into force on 4 April 2016. Much has already been said about its specific provisions.  Our view is that legislation and a strict compliance regime will not protect your people, ...

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Employment Law changes - 1 April 2016 Expand article
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The Employment Standards Legislation comes into effect from 1 April.  The original Bill has been split into amendments to a number of existing Acts. The aim of the amendments is to promote fairer and ...

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