Employment

Restricting restraints – new bill seeks to limit restraints of trade
Employers have long used restraints of trade to safeguard their business by limiting an employee’s ability to work in their field, within a defined area, or for a competitor...
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Screen Industry Workers Act: one law to rule them all?
The much-anticipated Screen Industry Workers Act (Act) received Royal Assent on 30 September 2022...
You’re an employer with limited funds. Can you use fixed-term agreements?
Strict rules govern the formation of fixed-term agreements. An employee and an employer may...
COVID-19 Protection Framework ends
At 11.59pm on Monday 12 September 2022, the COVID-19 Protection Framework came to an...
Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day: how do I pay employees and can I make them work?
The Government has announced that on Monday 26 September 2022, New Zealand will observe...
Employees covertly recording conversations; process overrides substance again
In an era where employers and employees are becoming increasingly attuned to matters of...
The Birth of a Deal
In New Zealand, under the duty of good faith, employers proposing to make a...
The future is four?
Stuff reports that from 1 August, 20 businesses across different industries throughout Australia and...
Casual employee holiday pay: get it right or pay it twice
It is well known that employers can pay genuinely casual employees their holiday pay...
IRD provides incorrect advice re parental leave payments
The provision of incorrect advice from the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) regarding a mother’s...
Sexual harassment: guidance from the ERA
A question we often get from employee clients wishing to raise a claim for...
Pregnancy and paid parental leave protections
When the pitter-patter of tiny feet is announced there are several things to consider....
Anti-modern slavery legislation: a reality for New Zealand
When individuals consider the term ‘slavery’, its often associated with historic events that have...
Workplace Law Workshop Series 2022 – Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland
Following the success of events in Queenstown and Christchurch in May, the Lane Neave...
Beware the unlicensed workplace investigator
Where an employee has made a complaint about workplace conduct, employers are obliged to...
Can individuals be held liable for unjustified dismissal?
Earlier this year, we published an article outlining how individuals can be held personally...
It’s good to talk: our Employment Law podcast series is back
With so much going on in the world of employment law, we are reviving...
Bill proposes time extension for personal grievance for sexual harassment
On Wednesday 18 May 2022 the Employment Relations (Extended Time for Personal Grievance for...
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...