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New Zealand: Employment Law Reforms Announced

Following the general election in September last year, the new Government has signaled changes to legislation governing the 90-day trial period for new employees. These changes differ from the measures proposed under Labour’s election policy, which included the introduction of referees who would be able to reinstate or award limited damages to employees unjustifiably dismissed during a trial period. Ganzen Artikel lesen

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New Zealand: Availability Provisions

In August the Employment Court released its first decision on so-called ‘availability provisions’, whereby an employee must be on standby to work any hours the employer requires them to work, but on the other hand, they can only work if the employer gives them work to do. This arrangement is common in ‘zero-hours contracts’ and section 67D of the Employment Relations Act 2000 was introduced by Parliament to curb this practice. The case at hand involved the interpretation of this provision by the Court. Ganzen Artikel lesen


New Zealand Select Committee on the Employment Standards Bill

New Zealand Parliament's Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee issued its report on the Employment Standards Legislation Bill on 12 February 2016. The intent of the Bill is to "make workplaces fairer and more productive for both employees and employers" by providing enhanced protections and benefits through a number of improvements to the employment relations. Ganzen Artikel lesen

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New Zealand: Announcement on pay equity

Pay equity
Today, the government has announced it will update the Equal Pay Act 1972 and amend the Employment Relations Act 2000 to implement recommendations on pay equity. This announcement signals a significant change to how pay equity claims will be dealt with and has important consequences for employers, especially in female dominated industries. Ganzen Artikel lesen