Employment

Bill proposes time extension for personal grievance for sexual harassment
On Wednesday 18 May 2022 the Employment Relations (Extended Time for Personal Grievance for Sexual Harassment) Amendment Bill (Bill) had its first reading in Parliament. The Bill proposes to...
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New whistleblower framework receives royal assent
The Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill (Bill) that was introduced into Parliament last...
No such thing as a free lunch? Unpacking the employment status of unpaid interns
In the lead-up to Easter, allegations were made regarding the mistreatment of interns and...
To resign, or not to resign?
Picture this. You are trying to conduct a performance management meeting with your employee....
Is positive discrimination lawful in New Zealand?
In 2021, the BBC advertised for a trainee position “only open to Black, Asian...
COVID-19 vaccination requirements: what do employers do now?
This week the Government made changes to vaccination requirements in the workplace, removing some...
While you were sleeping
Over the last decade or so, there have been a string of cases colloquially...
Fair Pay Agreements Bill introduced to Parliament
The promise of a Fair Pay Agreement (FPA) System was announced as part of...
Insurance scheme for no-fault employment termination proposed
New Zealand is currently one of the few countries in the OECD that does...
Can an employee be fired for protesting outside of work hours?
Earlier this month during the anti-mandate protests in Wellington a former Northland school teacher...
Authority declines interim reinstatement claim for unvaccinated employees
Whilst the recent High Court decision of Yardley v Minister for Workplace Relations and...
Pause for thought
Full disclosure, I talk about menopause in this piece. If that makes you squirm,...
Court sets aside police and defence vaccine mandates – should employers be concerned?
On 25 February 2022, the High Court released its judgment in Yardley v Minister...
To Pay, or Not to Pay? Ensuring your Volunteers are actually Volunteers
This Friday (4 March 2022) concludes the end of a fascinating two-week Employment Court...
Employers: know your obligations or risk personal liability
The Court of Appeal’s finding in Labour Inspector v Southern Taxis Limited highlights the...
COVID-19: What do I do if my employee has to self-isolate and cannot work from home?
Where employees have been advised to self-isolate in accordance with public health guidance and...
The Tova O’Brien case: what you need to know
Following the conclusion of a three-day hearing, the determination from the Employment Relations Authority...
I see red, I see red, I see red
On 20 January 2022 the Government addressed how New Zealand would respond to an...
‘Whistleblowers Bill’ offers clearer and more effective reporting regime
The Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill (Bill) was introduced in June last year...
Vaccine mandates: consultation
The Employment Court in WXN v Auckland International Airport Limited recently overturned an Employment Relations...