i) On 1 April 2016, the adult minimum wage went up by 50 cents to NZD15.25 per hour. ii) Employment confidence rose 3.3 points to 104.8 in the March quarter, according to The Westpac-McDermott Miller Employment Confidence Index.
A recent case demonstrates the importance of employers maintaining minimum employment standards, including maintaining adequate records of employees’ hours of work and their wages. Under the new laws, there are tougher sanctions for serious breaches by employers and increased tools for labour inspectors.
i) Laws called ‘Regulations’ (secondary forms of law) have been released to assist employers with meeting their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. The Regulations, which come into force with the Act on 4 April 2016, focus on particular activities, risks, hazards and the operation of an industry. A helpful overview […]
The Government introduced Employment Standards Legislation Bill continues to progress through Parliament. While it was anticipated by many that employment contracts, which provide employees no guarantee of minimum weekly hours of work (‘zero-hour contracts’), would be banned under the new law, it is now expected that these arrangements will be permitted. The proposed law will […]
The unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent in the December 2015 quarter (from 6.0 percent), meaning 16,000 fewer people were unemployed than in the September 2015 quarter. This is the lowest unemployment rate since March 2009. Employment has been especially strong for 20 to 29 year olds, with 26,800 more people employed in this age […]
New Zealand’s Employment Court has ruled that an employer must allow its 200 employees to return to their jobs on day shifts they would have been rostered to work if the freezing works had not illegally locked them out (refusing employees the ability to work) during collective bargaining: NZ Meat Workers & Related Trades Union […]
Statistics New Zealand has reported that New Zealand’s labour force is projected to keep growing for at least the next decade. This is good news for New Zealand employers who have been grappling with a tight labour market for the last several years, as it means that there will be an increasing numbers of candidates […]
New Zealand’s Employment Court has issued a judgment for the first time since the introduction of the law removing the requirement for parties in collective employment agreement negotiations to conclude their negotiations: First Union v Jacks Hardware and Timber Limited  NZEmpC 142. This is one of the first cases to address, authoritatively, the interpretation […]
The unemployment rate increased to 6.0 percent in the September 2015 quarter (up from 5.9 percent). This is the first quarterly fall in employment in the last three years.
A recent Human Rights Review Tribunal case adds to a growing number of examples of employment issues under review in this jurisdiction, resulting in substantially higher awards to employees than in the employment courts. In McClelland v Schindler Lifts NZ Ltd  NZHRRT 45, an employee was dismissed where the employer held a mistaken belief […]