Employee Relations & IR

Enterprise bargaining; Industrial disputes; Regulatory decisions; Agreements

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…

NEW ZEALAND: An update on holiday pay and contractors rights

Tourism Holdings Limited operates a tour bus business throughout New Zealand called Kiwi Experience. A dispute has arisen about how to calculate holiday pay for the company’s drivers. This case has been granted leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal on the following issues: • The meaning of ‘not a regular part of the…

NEW ZEALAND: A third category of worker in NZ? MBIE seeks your feedback

​A third category of worker (a hybrid between an employee and independent contractor) may be introduced in New Zealand if changes proposed in the Government’s latest Discussion Paper are implemented. On 26 November, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) issued its Discussion Paper “Better protections for contractors”. MBIE is asking for submissions in response to…

NEW ZEALAND: Government releases draft Bill on the legalislation of recreational cannabis ahead of the 2020 referendum

Yesterday, the Government released its work-in-progress draft of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill for public consideration. The Bill proposes to legalise the recreational use of cannabis, subject to extensive controls on its production, supply and use. On its release, Justice Minister Hon Andrew Little stated that the primary objective of the legislation is to “reduce overall…

Bushfires in Australia – Employers’ rights and obligations and employee entitlements during catastrophic weather conditions

FCB Group & HR Assured have established a telephone support line staffed by our team of workplace relations consultants to assist employers. This is a free service available to any employer needing support and HR / workplace relations advice during the bushfire crisis. Call 02 9083 0020 or please share this service to any employer…

When disaster strikes: managing employees in the event of a natural disaster

Summary The current fires in New South Wales and Queensland are a timely reminder for employers to review their business arrangements for responding to such crises, particularly in workforce management, and ensuring that they have a plan in place to deal with the aftermath. In this eBulletin, we provide some guidance on the kinds of…

NEW ZEALAND: New immigration rules: A streamlined process or more red tape?

​​​​​​​On 17 September, the Government announced significant changes to temporary work visas which will have a major impact on employers’ recruitment processes where they hire migrant workers. While most of the changes are deferred until 2021, it will be critical that employers keep abreast of these changes and plan ahead for possible impact on their operations. The…

NEW ZEALAND: When is a fixed term unlawful?

The requirements for fixed-term employment agreements often catch employers out.  To stay on the right side of the law, employers must advise fixed-term employees of how their employment will end, and the reasons for this.  Importantly, the reasons must be genuine, based on reasonable grounds.  The Employment Court has recently provided further clarity on this…