Employee Relations & IR

Enterprise bargaining; Industrial disputes; Regulatory decisions; Agreements

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…

Changes to the Employment Relations Act – what you need to know and implement

A number of changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 come into force today. Here’s what you need to know: Rest and Meal Breaks: Prescribed rest and meal breaks are introduced with effect from today. Employers will now have to provide employees with the correct number of rest and meal breaks but can agree with employees when…

Do you have operations in Singapore? Amendments to the Singapore Employment Act reviewed

The Employment Act, which is Singapore’s main employment legislation, has recently been amended, with the changes taking effect from 1 April 2019. The changes are very extensive, and every employer in Singapore is likely to be affected. What are some of the changes? Some of the major changes introduced on 1 April 2019 include: Before…

2019 Minimum Wage Decision

The Fair Work Commission’s Minimum Wage Panel (“Panel”) has today handed down its minimum wage decision which increased the National Minimum Wage, together with all Modern Award minimum rates of pay, by 3.0%. The Panel considered the current economic environment and reasoned that economic indicators now point to a healthy national economic environment, strong employment…

Election 2019 Wrap-up: Will ScoMo Keep the Status quo?

The Scott Morrison-led Coalition is set to get another term. Will the win against the odds result in changes to Australia’s employment laws? The Coalition did not make many significant policy announcements in relation to industrial relations during its campaign, and as a result it is a return to the status quo from an industrial…