Employment

Individual Employment Agreement – must haves!
Employers must provide all their employees with an employment agreement before they start work. The employment agreement forms the foundation of the employment relationship and creates the baseline for...
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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...
When does a volunteer become an employee?
It is not uncommon for relatives to lend a helping hand in family-owned business...
A David and Goliath Story – fixed-term agreement invalidated by Employment Court
Fixed-term agreement invalidated by Employment Court in Morgan v Tranzit Coachlines Wairarapa Limited ...
Employer contributions to an employee’s wellbeing
In light of the Government’s announcement of a $1.9 billion Wellbeing Budget, it is...
Investigations – follow the process or ‘pay the price’
As tempting as it is to start pointing the blame or jumping to conclusions,...
Vicarious liability – is an employer liable for harm caused by negligent employees?
It has long been the position that an employer will be liable for the...
The Equal Pay Amendment Bill marches one step closer to becoming law
Employment legislation is on the move once again with the Equal Pay Amendment Bill...
Some clarity regarding availability provisions
A recent ruling in the Employment Court has clarified whether employers can require their...
Employee secondments
There are a number of scenarios where an employee may be placed on secondment....
New good faith code effective as of 6 May 2019
A revised  Code of Good faith in Collective Bargaining (Code) came into force on...