Several new employment laws (previously reported on) were introduced in April 2016: i) Employment Relations Amendment Act 2016 (came into force on 1 April 2016) This law amends the Employment Relations Act 2000, particularly in relation to ensuring minimum standards are maintained, and appropriate methods of enforcement are available. ii) Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (came into force on 4 April 2016) This law replaces the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. iii) Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Act 2016 (came into force on 4 April 2016) This law amends the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987, and extends eligibility entitlements, particularly in relation to government-paid parental leave.
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.
Employment Law Across 27 Jurisdictions 2016, an L&E Global and Clyde & Co joint publication, provides a brief outline of the employment law regime across 27 key jurisdictions throughout the globe.
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.