February 2022

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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Mental Health and Wellbeing – A consultative approach

It is no longer enough for organisations to just offer an Employment Assistance Programme (EAP) and healthcare benefits. While this support is important, it is a reactive service rather than a proactive way of operating. Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing is essential to finding and retaining top talent and key to a positive employee experience. …

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What does re-engaging with the world mean for Immigration?

The border reopening announcements with Australia (mid-January) and internationally (mid- February) were welcome relief for our business communities, especially exporters. A definitive signal around opening borders and re-engaging with the world has been desperately awaited by those manufacturers and exporters needing to get back in front of customers and get access to their own operations in other countries.  International …

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