Employment

It’s time for WorkSafe to work harder to protect mental health
WorkSafe recently did something quite novel: it issued an improvement notice to Te Aroha College, informing the school that it had breached health and safety laws by failing to...
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Bill proposes to extend time for personal grievance for sexual harassment
On 21 October 2021 MP Deborah Russell’s Employment Relations (Extended Time for Personal Grievance...
Court of Appeal provides welcome clarity on discretionary payments under Holidays Act
Employers can now breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to discretionary payments...
Australian Health Department charged for H&S breaches leading to COVID outbreak
On 22 October 2021, the Health Department from the Victorian State in Australia, faced...
Traffic light system and mandating vaccinations in the workplace
Employment law in the COVID-19 space is moving at warp speed, and we are...
COVID-19: risking it all
There has been much speculation about COVID-19 vaccine mandates for health and childcare workers...
No jab, no job: what does the authority have to say?
So far, we have three decisions from the Employment Relations Authority (Authority) on whether...
Employers and privacy: first compliance notice issued
In a move that is a stark reminder to employers of their obligations when...
Vaccinations in the workplace
New Zealand’s current approach to the COVID-19 pandemic is to stick with its elimination...
Here we go again, again – lockdown 2021 employment considerations
With the arrival of the COVID-19 Delta-variant in the community the country has swiftly...
Immigration confusion – a sustained loss of traction
Many of you may have questioned why you have not heard from us for...
Are delays in the hearing of sexual harassment cases affecting access to justice?
If a person has been sexually harassed during their employment, they can elect to...
Fatigue in the workplace
As we proceed well into the throes of winter it’s that time of year...
No jab, no job: authority to determine justifiability
It is arguably the (employment law) question of 2021: can employers terminate their employees...
Employment Law reform: what’s changed and what’s on the horizon?
2021 is shaping up to be a big year for changes to employment law....
Crossing the ditch: it’s not all bubbly  
Ever since the long-promised Trans-Tasman travel bubble became a reality on 19 April 2021,...
24 July 2021 – save the date
Employers and employees finally have a concrete date to work with. The Holidays (Increasing...
Room for improvement to parental leave laws
As I guiltily drop my 14-month-old off in the “Crawlers Room” at preschool (she...
10 days of sick leave: it’s official
The Holidays (Increasing Sick leave) Amendment Bill has now been passed, officially increasing employees’...
Fair Pay Agreements, coming soon to a workplace near you
On 7 May 2021, the Government announced the much anticipated Fair Pay Agreement (FPA)...