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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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Minimum Wage Expand article
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The Minimum Wage is increased from 1 April 2016.

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Christmas/New Year Holidays 2015/16 Expand article
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When any of these holidays fall on a weekend, as happens this year with Boxing Day and 2 January falling on a Saturday, the situation can be confusing especially in respect of employees who do not wor...

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Changes to Australian Fair Work Act Expand article
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With Malcolm Turnbull in charge it remains to be seen whether the Australian Government will significantly change its approach to employment legislation.  Australian employment legislation is complex ...

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New health and safety regulations released for consultation Expand article
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A raft of new regulations from matters such as Asbestos removal to everyday manual handling, have been released for consultation.  What is clear is that we are reverting to the prescriptive approach t...

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Fiji - ILO intervention looming Expand article
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This subject will be of interest to many of our clients who operate in Fiji. Unionism has been repressed in Fiji since the coup in 2006 and for some time the ILO has been applying pressure on the Gove...

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Uber Drivers - Independent Contractors or Employees? Expand article
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This and a number of other cases suggest a sea change has begun.  For example, the National Labour Relations Board is considering whether it will define McDonalds as a joint employer of crew in its fr...

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Trial Periods and Pre-employment Tests Expand article
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A recent Authority decision in Kyra Hansen v Shooting Star Enterprises Ltd T/A Fusion Salon establishes some key points in respect of the above matters. 

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Collective Bargaining Expand article
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Duty of Good Faith does not require collective agreement to be concluded There is no longer an obligation to conclude a collective agreement, nor is there any obligation to continue bargaining after a...

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Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 passed Expand article
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The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 was based on the employee/employer relationship. The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 broadens this to include “workers” and “persons conducting a busine...

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