December 2023 As we approach the festive season, employers should take note of several key situations that could impact their employment relationships with staff. The Christmas party Every year, harassment, including sexual harassment at the Christmas party, is one of the most common complaints that employers receive. This makes it important that employers implement policies… Read More.

September 2023 Personal Grievance and Sexual Harassment A large light has been shining directly onto sexual harassment in the workplace. The light is exposing the disconcerting reality that sexual harassment exists but often goes unreported. The Employment Relations (Extended Time for Personal Grievance for Sexual Harassment) Amendment Act 2023 (the Act) extends the time for… Read More.

July 2023 In New Zealand, employees have the right to work for other employers, even if they are already employed full-time. To prevent this, employers can include terms in their employment agreements that prevent or restrict their employees from working multiple jobs. However, rules in the Employment Relations Act 2000 (Act) limit the employer’s rights… Read More.

March 2023 There are numerous legislative changes on the horizon and employers are in for a busy year adjusting to new employment law developments. Minimum Wage Increase The minimum wage increase to $22.70 per hour will come into effect from 1 April 2023. The increase is in line with recent increases in inflation and the… Read More.

March 2023 Discrimination is a reality for disabled people. The Human Rights Act 1993 and the Employment Relations Act 2000 are two key statutes which cover discrimination in employment. The Human Rights Act does not define discrimination, but rather it lists prohibited grounds of discrimination, for example disability, which means physical disability or impairments, physical… Read More.

November 2022 This article outlines and considers the implications of proposed and potentially transformative legislation around ‘no-fault termination’ that, if implemented, will have an impact on every business and worker in New Zealand. The Future of Work Tripartite Forum (the Forum) is a partnership between the Government, Business New Zealand, and the New Zealand Council… Read More.

June 2022 The recently released criteria for employer accreditation for work visas will rule out a number of businesses for accreditation, with others potentially no longer wanting to try applying – businesses who could be desperate for specialist workers from overseas. The criteria are part of a package of instructions from Immigration New Zealand on… Read More.

March 2022 Employers looking to employ skilled migrant workers will be impacted by this year’s introduction of the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) - a new temporary work visa that opens to applications from employers on 9 May 2022 and to applications from migrants on 4 July 2022. This change will impact many employers, in… Read More.