Employment

When references go bad

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin In the recent Employment Relations Authority decision Levchenko-Scott v Presbyterian Support Central Charitable Trust [2020] NZERA 452, a significant penalty was imposed on an employer for providing a verbal reference that breached the terms of a record of settlement.   Mr Levchenko-Scott was a manager in …

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No Jab? No Job

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin The COVID-19 vaccination is currently one of the most hotly debated topics in New Zealand. There is a lot of confusion around an employer’s ability to offer employment or terminate existing employment on the basis of whether or not an applicant/employee has had the vaccination. There …

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Terminating Employment (Particularly Restructuring and Redundancies) during Covid-19

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin This article looks at the ‘ins and outs’ of ending employment relationships during Covid-19 and its aftermath. Furlough or stand down The concept of a “furlough” is essentially an unpaid suspension of employees during a period of business crisis. This is a foreign concept to the …

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Working remotely – will permanent change result from the pandemic?

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin In a bid to curb the coronavirus outbreak, New Zealand employers put in place precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 including remote working – where employees were based partly or fully from home. If you had an existing Working from Home Policy this transition may …

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Workplace Investigations – Ticking the right boxes for the Employment Court

Workplace investigations can be a difficult process and may occur at a time when the employment relationship between employees and/or the employer have deteriorated. Any investigation is likely to involve a level of cost, time and risk, and the decision to conduct an in-house investigation or use an external contractor may depend on a number …

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Contractor Courier Driver found to be an Employee – Contractor v Employee

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin Mr Leota was a driver for a courier company, Parcel Express Limited. He asked the Employment Court (“the Court”) for a declaration that he was an employee of the company. Parcel Express said that Mr Leota was an independent contractor, not an employee. This case involved …

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