Extending time to raise a personal grievance for sexual harassment – June 2022

A bill has been introduced to Parliament which seeks to extend the time available to raise a personal grievance that involves allegations of sexual harassment from 90 days to 12 months. Introduced by…

Adopting a Menstrual Leave Policy? – May 22

Should Employers Adopt a Menstrual Leave Policy? The topic of menstrual leave has come into the spotlight after Pacific Media Network became one of the first New Zealand companies to adopt a…

New Protected Disclosures Legislation – May 22

New Protected Disclosures Legislation - What Employers Need to Know Whistleblowing is formally known as making a protected disclosure. The laws around whistleblowing and the protections afforded to…

Unvaccinated Workers Returning To Work – Apr 22

Can Unvaccinated Workers Get Their Jobs Back? On 23 March 2022, the Government announced a change to the vaccine mandates, removing requirements for employees in certain roles to be vaccinated.…

Restraints of Trade – Feb 22

Restraints of Trade Back in the Spotlight After Tova O'Brien Decision Many employment agreements contain restraint of trade clauses. Such restraints aim to restrict a former employee’s right to work…

COVID-19 Vaccine Update – Dec 21

COVID-19 Update: COVID-19 Response (Vaccinations) Legislation Act 2021, Covid-19 Protection Framework Order and Further Information Regarding Covid-19 Vaccinations for Employers and Employees At…

COVID-19 Update – Aug 21

COVID-19 Update August 2021 Despite the uncertainty created by the re-emergence of COVID-19 in the community, and the inability to predict exactly how long the country will remain in lockdown,…

Employee vs Independent Contractor – Aug 21

Employee vs Independent Contractor: The Times They Are a-Changin' Working as an independent contractor affords a lot of flexibility around how, when and where work is performed, and for how much. At…

Holidays Act Changes and Fair Pay Agreements – Jul 2021

Holidays Act Changes and Fair Pay Agreements In 2018 the Government established the Holidays Act Taskforce (the Taskforce) to address challenges with the Holidays Act 2003 (the Act), following a…

Employers’ Obligations under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 – Jan 2021

Clarifying Employers' Obligations under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 The Employment Court’s first decision on issues arising out of COVID-19: clarifying employers’ obligations under the Minimum Wage Act…

Privacy Act 2020 – Dec 2020

Privacy Act 2020 The new Privacy Act 2020 (the Act) came into force on 1 December 2020. The Act brings New Zealand in line with a global shift towards strengthening the protection of personal…

COVID-19 Resurgence Wage Subsidy – Aug 2020

The Government has announced a new two-week payment (Resurgence Wage Subsidy) for employers (including those who are self-employed) who have been financially impacted by the resurgence of COVID-19…