Employee Relations & IR

Enterprise bargaining; Industrial disputes; Regulatory decisions; Agreements

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…

NEW ZEALAND: Further consultation on the Fair Pay Agreements system – your submissions sought

​​​​The Government is now seeking feedback from businesses, employees and the public on options for the design of its intended Fair Pay Agreements (FPA) system.1​​ Feedback is sought in the form of responses to 98 questions regarding aspects of how a FPA system could work in practice, which are set out in a Government discussion paper (the Discussion…

NEW ZEALAND: The government’s proposals for fair pay agreements move forward

After a period of quiet, the Government has revealed plans to move ahead with a Fair Pay Agreements system. On 17 October 2019, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, announced the launch of two consultations, which respectively seek feedback on the following issues: How to design Fair Pay Agreements system to…

NEW ZEALAND: Avoid the Holidays Act headache

With the holiday season fast approaching, many employers may be wanting the gift of new holidays legislation.  The current Holidays Act has proven tricky to comply with for many employers.  Unfortunately, any relief is some time away – at least another Christmas or two.  The Government set up a Taskforce last year to review the…