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Category: Employment

  • Employment: Increased Penalties and Awards

    3 September 2018

    In April 2016, legislation changes were introduced, which intended to strengthen the enforcement of employment standards. The aim of the changes was to ensure that breaches of employment standards, such as paying minimum wages, holiday entitlements, and keeping proper wage and time records, are dealt with appropriately. The changes also aimed to provide an effective deterrent while trying to avoid imposing unnecessary compliance costs on employers. The amendments increased maximum penalties in the Employment Court from $10,000 to $20,000 for an individual ...

  • Work visa applications for overseas employees and employment law requirements

    3 September 2018

    Employers should be aware of the interplay between immigration requirements and employment law requirements when recruiting from overseas. This is important given the current shortfalls in certain sectors of skilled labour in New Zealand, especially in the construction sector.Often, there will be immigration requirements for an acceptable employee to obtain a work visa so they can work lawfully in New Zealand. For example, there are requirements that an offer of employment is sustainable, full-time, and for a certain level of ...

  • Employment Updates

    14 June 2018

    Sale of Business – Redundancy                          It is easy to overlook the fact that on the sale or transfer of a business many employees may be affected or have their employment terminated. It is important to be aware of, and exercise the ongoing duty of, good faith, which requires an employer to consult with employees where a proposal to sell or transfer all or part of a business might impact ...

  • Employment trial periods: termination on notice or payment in lieu

    14 June 2017

    An employer and employee are entitled to enter into an employment agreement that provides for a trial period of up to 90 days (Section 67A of the Employment Relations Act). The trial period provision must be written into the employment agreement. And, that agreement must clearly state when the period commences and when it expires. Further, the employer and employee must sign the agreement before the employee commences their employment.When the employee’s employment is terminated during the trial period, an ...

  • Forthcoming Changes To Employment Relations Act – 2016

    29 April 2016

    Employers, particularly small and medium enterprises, need to consider the potential implications to their businesses of proposed changes and to ensure that they comply with the new minimum standards and obligations if and when they are introduced.1. Zero Hour Contracts –Availability ProvisionThis refers to workers on contracts who have no guarantee as to how many hours work they will be provided with from week to week.Employers will be prohibited from having an “availability provision” in an employment agreement unless there ...