Injury, Safety & RTW

Clarifying a company’s rights as a defendant to a safety prosecution

A recent decision of the Full Federal Court in Helicopter Resources Pty Ltd v Commonwealth of Australia has clarified that a company which is a defendant to a safety prosecution has substantially the same rights as a natural person under the system of criminal justice. Accordingly, with the exception of producing documents in response to a subpoena,...

Employee Relations & IR

Parental Leave Entitlements: the cost of getting it wrong and how not to

Parental Leave Entitlements: the cost of getting it wrong and how not to Shanni Zoeller Throughout the life of your business, you will have employees take parental leave. It is important to know what their parental leave entitlements are, so you can ensure appropriate arrangements are made to accommodate both the business and the employee...

Disputes, Liabilities, Case Law

NEW ZEALAND: Hurt and humiliation payouts on the rise

Statistics and case law confirm a striking and continuous upward trend in awards for hurt and humiliation under section 123 of the Employment Relations Act 2000. For the first half of this decade (and for years preceding that) hurt and humiliation awards remained largely consistent, with judges following and establishing fixed precedents. But from around...