Employment

90% of investigated businesses found non-compliant with workplace law regulations
New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) recently confirmed to us under the Official Information Act 1982 that INZ increased its workplace site visits by 32%, and...
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Tripping on drug policies
Drugs and alcohol pose a major health and safety risk to employers, particularly those...
What is redundancy, anyway?
A lot of employers and employees wind up in the Employment Relations Authority (Authority)...
New bill proposes reintroducing grounds of KiwiSaver-based personal grievances
Recently, MP Dr Tracey McLellan’s Employment Relations (Protection for KiwiSaver Members) Amendment Bill (Bill)...
Employment Relations (Restraint of Trade) Amendment Bill Update
The Employment Relations (Restraint of Trade) Amendment Bill (Bill) had its first reading on...
Jail sentence for workplace cover-up of health and safety incident
A pair of brothers are currently being sentenced for covering up a workplace incident,...
H&S Representatives and Committees: new requirements for PCBUs
The Health and Safety at Work (Health and Safety Representatives and Committees) Amendment Act...
Tikanga in employment relationships
The recent Employment Court decision in GF v Comptroller of the New Zealand Customs...
Records of Settlement and Capacity Issues
As we’ve noted in previous articles, once a Record of Settlement signed, it is...
How to Handle “Proof” of Family Violence
The Domestic Violence – Victims Protection Act 2018 (Act) provides minimum protections for family...
Are Uber drivers employees?
The Court of Appeal granted leave last week for Raiser Operations BV and four...
Does it pay to invest in a payroll system?
The Holidays Act 2003 (Act) is notorious for its complexity, directing employers on what...
KiwiSaver information packs – who receives them?
Ironically, despite ‘information’ being in the name, current legislation around KiwiSaver information packs is...
Update your employment agreements: extended time for personal grievance for sexual harassment
Further to our previous article, the Employment Relations (Extended Time for Personal Grievance for...
Non-disparagement clauses: keep quiet and carry on
It’s not uncommon for someone to want to let off steam at the end...
Steel yourself for a restructure
New Zealand Steel Limited went to bat in the Employment Court in an attempt...
You’ve resolved an employment dispute. Now what?
Where parties to an employment relationship have resolved a dispute outside of the Employment...
New bill proposes to make wage theft a criminal offence
You wouldn’t steal a car, you wouldn’t steal a handbag, you wouldn’t steal a...
Criminal background checks – when is it appropriate to use them?
Information about a job applicant’s criminal history is personal information under the Privacy Act...
Privacy Commissioner exploring a Biometrics Code of Practice
Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster is currently exploring whether a privacy Code of Practice is...