Employment

In brief: update on holiday pay and contractor’s rights
Tourism Holdings Limited operates a tour bus business throughout New Zealand called Kiwi Experience. A dispute has arisen about how to calculate holiday pay for the company’s drivers. This...
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Would a Labour Inspector find your business in breach of minimum employment law standards?
The Labour Inspectorate enforces and monitors minimum employment standards such as the minimum wage,...
How would you fare if a Labour Inspector came a knocking?
The Labour Inspectorate of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) enforces and...
Are your shareholders also employees?
Shareholders of a company may also be employees. This means that employers are legally...
Requesting urgent visa processing for employees
As many employers will be aware Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has a large backlog...
West Coast – Employment and Privacy Law update
We invite you and others in your organisation to attend our next Employment and...
Problems with work visas for employees of non-accredited Labour Hire companies
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) seem to be taking a renewed interest in temporary work...
Employer obligations 101
As you may have picked up, employment rights are a hot topic at the...
What to do when you suspect an employee is lying during a disciplinary process
The Court of Appeal case of George v Auckland Council NZCA 209 looked...
Individual Employment Agreement – must haves!
Employers must provide all their employees with an employment agreement before they start work....
Minimum wage increase
The biggest minimum wage boost since the 1980’s took effect in New Zealand on...
Bereavement leave for miscarriage or still-birth
The Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill (No 2) (Bill) was introduced to...
A turning point in triangular employment relations
It is currently full steam ahead in the world of employment legislation and businesses...
Delays in visa processing timeframes impact employers and employees
If you employ migrant workers and they are looking to apply for visas you...
Back to basics: discrimination grievance principles
The 2017 case of Idea Services v Crozier sets out the relevant principles that...
Medical incapacity: a recent update
This article provides a summary of two recent cases which involve interesting issues relating...
What you really need to know about the recent Mitre 10 ‘living wage’ decision
The recent Employment Relations Authority (ERA) decision and subsequent upholding of this decision by...
A temporary change in location: employers of work-visa holders beware
Scenario: A multinational engineering firm advertises an Engineering Technician vacancy on Seek and LinkedIn...
Bereavement leave for miscarriage or still-birth
The Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill (No 2) (Bill) was introduced to...
Increase in parental leave payments
The Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987 (Act) provides the minimum leave entitlements...