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Ready, Willing, but were they Able?

With the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment overrun with employment disputes arising out of the COVID-19 response, judgements have begun to emerge from the Employment Relations Authority answering some important questions regarding the correct approach to the impact of lockdown on employee entitlements.

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What will the landscape of employment law look like post election?

While it seems from current polling that post 17 October 2020 New Zealand will continue to have a Labour led government , if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that nothing in politics is guaranteed and things can change suddenly. With the election looming we thought we would take a quick look at what the political parties intend to put in place should they end up in power.

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Employment Relationship Problem Update

We have been advised that MBIE’s Mediation Services are inundated with mediation applications as a result of COVID-19 and that delays are to be expected. Employers (and employees) can expect a wait time of up to six weeks before receiving contact about setting down a date for mediation, with the exception of urgent matters (for example if the employee is still employed or there is an urgent interim injunction/reinstatement application).

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Let’s Talk: Employment Law Podcast EP5

As you may have already seen, our employment law team here at Lane Neave has launched an innovative podcast series “Let’s Talk: Employment Law” discussing the latest in New Zealand employment law to support your management of the greatest resource in your business – your people.

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Privacy Update: Covid-19 and Contact Tracing

Today, 24 August 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the current Alert Level restrictions would continue for a further week and the following week would see the whole country at Alert Level 2. This status means contact tracing requirements continue in place.

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Here we go again …..

With Auckland in Level 3 and the rest of the country in Level 2, this is a good time to reflect on what we have learnt from an employment law perspective during the last lockdown and in the subsequent cases.

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Privacy Alert: COVID-19 Contact Tracing

At 11:59am Wednesday 12 August 2020 the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert Levels 3 and 2) Order 2020 came into effect (Order). Among other matters, the Order sets out requirements for contact tracing. 

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