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New Laws in Effect for 90-Day Trial Periods in New Zealand

November 13, 2023 | Author: Adam Wyatt

On 29 October 2023, the New Zealand government made an important change to legislation surrounding the use of 90-day trial periods for workers hired on Accredited Employer Work Visas. With those changes now in effect, all applicable businesses must follow the new rules.

Fair Pay Agreements Bill: What do you need to know?

November 1, 2022 | Author: Adam Wyatt

The New Zealand Government has recently delivered on its promise of improving working conditions with the passing of the Fair Pay Agreements Bill. Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced the passing of the Bill on 26th October 2022. The Fair Pay Agreements (FPA) System comes into effect on 1st December.

Security Officers Now Considered Protected Employees

June 30, 2021 | Author: Adam Wyatt

There are special protections in place under the Employment Relations Act 2000 (the Act) to protect specified employees if a business is sold or transferred, or a contract for services is lost. These rules protect vulnerable workers in sectors considered susceptible to frequent restructuring where employees have little bargaining power.

Bereavement Leave: Frequently Asked Questions

April 6, 2021 | Author: Adam Wyatt

Losing an immediate family member or close friend can be tough for anyone. During this time, employees may be entitled to take bereavement leave provided they meet certain criteria.

Minimum Wage vs Training Wage: The Key Differences

July 2, 2019 | Author: Adam Wyatt

In April 2020, New Zealand’s new minimum wage rates came into effect. The increase is the most substantial boost to Minimum Wage in the country’s history and will affect standard adult minimum rates, the starting-out minimum wage and the training minimum wage.

Life Without 90-Day Trials: What You Can Do

June 19, 2019 | Author: Adam Wyatt

One of the biggest changes initiated by the passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Act was the limitation of 90 day trials.

MBIE’s Stern Warning to Employers

April 15, 2019 | Author: Adam Wyatt

The Labour Inspectorate has issued a statement reminding individuals, including business directors, senior managers and legal or business advisors, that they can be held personally responsible even if they are unofficially connected to a business that breaches minimum employment standards.

New Zealand’s New Minimum Wage Explained

March 6, 2019 | Author: Adam Wyatt

For small and medium business owners in New Zealand, things are about to change; the minimum wage has received its biggest increase in history, meaning you will have to adjust the rates you pay your employees if they are currently on a minimum wage.

Government Launches New Health and Safety Strategy

December 18, 2018 | Author: Adam Wyatt

The New Zealand Government has released a new ten-year strategy aimed at improving health and safety in New Zealand workplaces.

Workplace Updates

August 10, 2018 | Author: Adam Wyatt

The New Zealand Government has signed off on changes to the Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Act, meaning that mental health and addiction support workers will receive the same pay rates as care and support workers.

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