Employee Relations & IR

Enterprise bargaining; Industrial disputes; Regulatory decisions; Agreements

New Zealand: A turning point in triangular employment relations

It is currently full steam ahead in the world of employment legislation and businesses who make use of labour-hire arrangements should take note. The Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill passed its third and final reading on 27 June 2019, and was promptly given royal assent the following day. The Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Act 2019…

11 questions to ask your HR team

With most businesses wrapping up their financial compliance obligations required by the Australian Tax Office, it is the perfect time to review your employer obligations and the human resources and industrial relations aspects of your business.  As we move into another busy HR period with Christmas leave, public holidays, extra casual hires and of course…

Personal leave is not accrued in hours but days

A day means a day: Full Federal Court hands down important decision for accrual and payment of paid personal leave The Full Federal Court yesterday confirmed that all employees (including part-time employees) are entitled to 10 “working days” of personal/carer’s leave per year under the Fair Work Act, regardless of how many hours the employees work per day…

New Zealand: What you really need to know about the recent NZ Mitre 10 ‘living wage’ decision

The recent Employment Relations Authority (ERA) decision and subsequent upholding of this decision by the Employment Court (Court) has gained a significant amount of media attention – with headlines such as “Mitre 10 Workers Win Living Wage Case”. However, these articles have misreported the case. It should be noted: • The main issue of this…

Working Class.. Independent Contractor

When, in 1985, Jimmy Barnes immortalised the Australian steeltown disciple, blue denim in his veins, a ‘working class man’, he sure wasn’t singing about a bike-riding, point-to-point self-employed food delivery technician. Two years ago,1 I wrote about the emergence of the gig worker in the Australian labour market. Since then, here at FCB Workplace Law,…

NZ: Increase in parental leave payments

The Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987 (Act) provides the minimum leave entitlements for new parents. In New Zealand, if an employee or their partner is having a baby, or taking permanent responsibility for the care of a child under six years old, they may be entitled to be able to take Parental Leave,…

Employment Law Changes for the 2019-20 New Financial Year

We are about to step into a new financial year, which means that numerous reference points relevant to employment law will alter due to annual indexation and changes to the law. Below are some of the most important changes set to apply from 1 July 2019: Salary Cap for Unfair Dismissal $148,700. This is up…

It’s July: Employment Related Rate Increases Effective Now

From 1 July 2019, the national minimum wage and modern award rates will increase by 3%. We have prepared a handy key thresholds table for the 2019/2020 financial year for employers. Click here to view the key thresholds table. The changes will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2019. What…