Employment

Tikanga in employment relationships
The recent Employment Court decision in GF v Comptroller of the New Zealand Customs Service provides helpful guidance regarding the application of tikanga in employment relationships. As a result...
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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...
Disciplinary process meets medical incapacity
The Employment Relations Authority has recently determined a matter involving a highly complex factual...
Employment Relations (Extended Time for Personal Grievance for Sexual Harassment) Amendment Bill Update
Over the previous 6 months we have been keeping you updated on the progress...
Do as the locals do
We often get enquiries from Australian clients, wanting to quickly convert their Australian employment...
Pay secrecy: can employers prevent employees from disclosing their salary?
For a long time, how much one’s colleagues earn has been a subject shrouded...
He said, she said – what do I say?
Employment investigations can be daunting. You’re having to speak with a distressed complainant, a...
Considering a restructure? Here is a refresher
With the continued financial downturn this year, companies may be looking to make changes...
Availability clauses have claws: proceed with caution
The recent Employment Court case of Stewart v AFFCO New Zealand Ltd NZEmpC...