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Our Perspective

Our thoughts and knowledge on the latest employment news – from policy changes to recent cases.

Privacy Bill comes into force on 1 December 2020

July 2020 –  The Privacy Bill passed its third and final reading last week and will come into force on 1 December 2020.

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Triangular Employment Amendment Act 2019 comes into force on 27 June 2020  

June 2020 – Employees and employers will now be able to join “controlling third parties” to personal grievance claims…

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Budget 2020 

15 May 2020 –  The government announced yesterday it will spend $50 billion over the next four years on getting the New Zealand economy moving again.

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COVID 19 – Employer obligations at Alert Level 3 

April 2020 – Last week the Government announced that a decision on whether to move New Zealand’s alert level will be made later today….

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 2020 – With the recent outbreak of coronavirus in NZ, it is important that employers are monitoring information about the virus…

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Large penalties for breaches of minimum employment standards

March 2020 – The MBIE website Employment New Zealand reports that breaches of New Zealand’s minimum employment standards …

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Government work plan to prevent workplace bullying and harrassment

March 2020 – Workplace bullying and harassment was the subject of a recent select committee hearing.  Following questioning from National MP Nikki Kaye…

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Immigration resident visa application prioritisation changes

March 2020 – From 24 February 2020, Immigration New Zealand has made changes to how it prioritises Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) and Residence from Work…

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Access to information during a bullying investigation

February 2020 – The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has issued advice regarding complainants’ rights to access personal information during the…

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Contractor consultation closes on 14 February 2020

February 2020 – The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released a discussion document in November 2019 looking at…

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Personal Grievance compensation award tables

February 2020 –  MBIE has recently released its 6 month report (Jul – Dec 2019) detailing the levels of compensation awarded by the Employment Relations Authority…

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Minimum wage increase

February 2020 – The minimum wage will rise to $18.90 per hour effective 1 April 2020…

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Fair pay agreements system 

Dec 2019 – An August 2019 discussion paper outlines options for a new system to allow workers and employers…

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Temporary migrant worker exploitation review

Dec 2019 – Research by Ministry of Business and Innovation (MBIE)  on temporary migrant worker exploitation was announced…

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Better protection for contractors 

Dec 2019 – MBIE has began looking at options for strengthening rights and protections for vulnerable contractors.

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Contractors in the screen industry

Dec 2019 – Following discussion and consultation in 2018, changes will be made to the law to allow contractors working in New Zealand’s…

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Welcome Suzie England-Hall

Dec 2019 – Suzie England-Hall has recently joined Douglas Erickson as solicitor now specialising in employment law.

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Government discussion document on contractors released for public feedback 

Nov 2019 – The Government has recently released a discussion document for public feedback on the rights and protections of contractors in the…

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Government Discussion Document on Contractors Released for Public Feedback 

Nov 2019 – The Government has recently released a discussion document for public feedback on the rights and protections of contractors…

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Triangular Employment – Legislation Update 

June 2019 – The Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill has passed…

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Pay Equity Claim: What is it?

Oct 2018 – A pay equity claim is a claim that an employee, in a predominantly female role…

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Domestic Violence Legislation: Implications for Employers 

July 2018 – Employers will now be required to provide additional protections, care and leave…

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Employee drug use outside work hours: Mitigating health and safety risks 

Jan 2018 – As we come out of the holiday season, many employees will be returning…

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Are Compensation Payouts for Personal Greivances on the Rise? 

Nov 2017 – The case of Waikato District Health Board v Archibald…

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Election 2017: Possible Workplace Relations Implications 

Sept 2017 – The general election is now less than two weeks away…

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Proposed Pay Equity Legislation Released for Consultation

May 2017 – Pay equity has been in the headlines recently following the Government’s…

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Can our private lives impact on an employer’s reputation? 

Feb 2017 – I commonly get asked for advice on situations where an employee’s…

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New ERA rules around availability provisions 

Oct 2016 – Amendments made to the Employment Relations Act 2000 (“ERA”)…

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Court of Appeal Scales Back Procedural Fairness Requirements 

Sep 2016 – In recent months a handful of decisions from the Employment Court…

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