Employment

Holidays Act Recommendations

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin The Holidays Act 2003 (“the Act”) is well known for its complexities, resulting in costly mistakes for businesses and significant underpayments to employees. The Holidays Act Taskforce (“Taskforce”) was created in 2018 to review the Act and make recommendations for its simplification, following a joint request …

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Modern Slavery – Supply chains increasingly under the spotlight

Share on email Share on facebook Share on linkedin Supply chains are an area of business that are subject to greater consumer scrutiny and more onerous legal obligations in terms of ‘modern slavery’ legislation. The term ‘modern slavery’ refers to situations where people who are victims of slavery are subject to threats, coercion, exploitation and …

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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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