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Legislative Developments in New Zealand Employment Relations

In this article we will outline two legislative developments in employment relations in New Zealand – the Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act 2022 (“PDA”) and the Fair Pay Agreement Act 2022 (“FPAA”). Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act 2022 The PDA was enacted and came into effect from 1 July 2022. It amends and updates the original Protected Disclosures Act 2000.  The new [...]

Legislative Developments in New Zealand Employment Relations2023-04-27T15:57:28+12:00

Quiet quitting: are New Zealanders joining this trend?

The question of whether New Zealanders are joining the global ‘quiet quitting’ trend is answered by Jennifer Mills and others at the NZ Herald. Click to read more.

Quiet quitting: are New Zealanders joining this trend?2023-03-17T10:10:31+13:00

Employment specialist on responsibilities of employers around sick leave

Jennifer Mills' interview with Mike Hosking on The Mike Hosking Breakfast (11 July 2022).  Our Covid numbers are going back up and the experts are warning of a second wave. Employers are being told to brace for another round of long periods of workers off with sick leave. But with that come responsibilities for an employer, especially around getting someone who's out [...]

Employment specialist on responsibilities of employers around sick leave2023-03-17T10:10:38+13:00

Covid-19 on the job: Warning to bosses over sick staff

This article was written by Grant Bradley and published on NZ Herald (10 July 2022). An employment lawyer has warned that bosses who require staff to work while they're sick with Covid-19 could face claims if workers become ''long haulers.'' With a surge in Covid cases and increased risk of reinfections, employment specialist Jennifer Mills says employers need to be careful. ''An employer could [...]

Covid-19 on the job: Warning to bosses over sick staff2023-03-17T10:10:23+13:00

Kiwis can now use texts from the Ministry of Health as proof of COVID-19, causing headaches for employers

This article was published on Newshub (6 July 2022). To relieve pressure on general practitioners, on Tuesday the Ministry of Health told employers they can use text messages from the ministry as evidence employees either have COVID-19 or are household contact - but there are concerns it could lead to exploitation. The Ministry of Health said the text messages are "reliable evidence" employees need [...]

Kiwis can now use texts from the Ministry of Health as proof of COVID-19, causing headaches for employers2023-03-17T10:11:05+13:00

Combating modern slavery – let’s start here in New Zealand

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has issued a discussion document in which the Government is proposing to establish statutory responsibilities to identify and combat worker exploitation across the operations and supply chains in all businesses and organisations.  MBIE defines modern slavery as the severe exploitation of a person who cannot cease work due to threats, violence or deception.  This includes [...]

Combating modern slavery – let’s start here in New Zealand2023-03-17T10:11:15+13:00

“Fair Pay Agreements” are not “agreements” at all

The Government has introduced new legislation to provide a framework for the negotiation of sector-based and occupation-based “agreements” – which would provide for minimum employment terms to be set across all employers and employees in certain industries or occupations.  This Bill represents the biggest proposed change to our employment relations system since 2000.   Summary of the FPA process We will outline below how [...]

“Fair Pay Agreements” are not “agreements” at all2023-03-17T10:11:23+13:00

An ACC-style compulsory income insurance scheme is proposed by the Government

The New Zealand Government is currently proposing a compulsory income insurance scheme for all workers in New Zealand.  If this is established, the scheme will provide workers with 80% of their income for a total of up to seven months if their employment ends by reason of redundancy or incapacity. In short, the scheme aims to provide some extra economic security for workers who [...]

An ACC-style compulsory income insurance scheme is proposed by the Government2023-03-17T10:11:31+13:00

Explained: New Zealand’s transition to phase two

Omicron case numbers have increased significantly over the weekend and, as a result, New Zealand will move to phase two of the three-phase Omicron response at 11:59pm tonight. In this article, we set out how the move to phase two affects testing and isolation requirements and the mechanisms which employers can use to keep their businesses operating during this phase.   New self-isolation [...]

Explained: New Zealand’s transition to phase two2023-03-17T10:11:39+13:00

Working From Home in the Post-Pandemic World: Tips for Employers

As employers consider what their organisation’s post-pandemic return to work might be, one thing is certain: working from home arrangements will become part of the new normal. Creating a sustainable flexible work environment requires consideration of many aspects of business operations. From human resources to health and safety and diversity initiatives, employers are faced with a multitude of issues to consider when developing a [...]

Working From Home in the Post-Pandemic World: Tips for Employers2023-03-17T10:11:48+13:00
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