Employment

Vaccination Requirements in the high vaccination era

Earlier this month, the Government removed COVID-19 vaccination mandates for the defence services, education sector and police force. Government mandated vaccination requirements for health and disability, aged care, corrections, and border workforces remain.   The removal of vaccination mandates, coupled with various factors, including a 95% double-dose vaccination rate in New Zealand for eligible individuals …

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Show some restraint! – Enforceable Restraints of Trade

Restraints of Trade (ROT) are a frequent headache for employers, with a sense that such clauses are often held to be unenforceable. Like trial period clauses, these non-compete and non-solicit clauses can be fantastic tools to protect your company’s interests, but frequently fall over when they’re not drafted correctly nor put in place as legally …

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When is a Restraint of Trade clause upheld?

The Employment Relations Authority (The Authority) recently held that ex-Newshub political editor, Tova O’Brien, must wait out the seven-week ‘non-competition’ period in her contract before starting work with her new employer, MediaWorks Radio Limited (Tova O’Brien AND Discovery NZ Limited [2022] NZERA 15 3158861). The starting point with restraining clauses is simple; they are presumed …

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The Year of Clarity… at Last – Holidays Act Round-up 2021

2021 has yet again presented many challenges to New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses alike. At the same time, however, there has been good news, in that it has brought long-awaited resolution and clarity to several challenging areas of the Holidays Act 2003. I summarise two key decisions in this respect: Metropolitan Glass and Glazing …

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Below are some important updates for both employers and employees. In case you or colleagues haven’t seen our newsletter yet, here is a link to read the latest Employment New Zealand newsletter, which covers the topics below: New legislation for workplace vaccine requirements. The Government has announced new legislation outlining workplace vaccination requirements. The legislation …

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The Induction App – Get the most out of your new employees – even virtually

Ongoing research proves that a new employee’s first three months with a new company are critical.  This early stage determines whether or not a new employee gets engaged, whether they stay, and how productive they will become.  Unfortunately, during these covid times, many new employees are recruited virtually. They’ve never been to the workplace, and …

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Focus on Retention to Keep Employees Loyal

Every organisation has varying rates of retention and employee turnover. The key is to keep your employees happy and engaged to the point where they are not actively seeking other opportunities. The cost of an employee leaving (90-200% of their annual salary, SHRM) is a large deficit that could decrease significantly with strong focus on …

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COVID-19 and employment law common questions answered

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin COVID-19 and employment law – your common questions answered In this article by Employment New Zealand, they cover the latest news and information about employment rights and responsibilities related to COVID, answering some common questions. As an employer, can I pay staff less than their normal …

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