Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to New Zealand as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

New Zealand: Balance of convenience defence

A health and safety case before the Employment Court of New Zealand, assessed last month for interim reinstatement, illustrates very well the opposing views where a Site Supervisor ignored safety-critical procedures for heavy processing equipment and was consequently dismissed …

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New Zealand: Employment Court decision finds discretionary incentive payments must be included in holiday pay calculations

Under the Holidays Act 2003, any payment that is clearly part of “gross earnings” must be counted as remuneration when calculating holiday pay …

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New Zealand: Parliament passes modernised Privacy Act

The new Privacy Act 2020 is expected to take effect on 1st December 2020 …

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New Zealand: Whistleblowers’ protection bill introduced to replace 20-year-old Act

The Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill now before parliament would, if adopted, probably come into force on 1st July next year …

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New Zealand: Government extends wage subsidy scheme

The current wages subsidy scheme has been extended until 1st September 2020 …

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New Zealand: Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) visas extended

Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme visas that are set to expire between 18th August and 31st December 2020 have been extended by six months …

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New Zealand: Equal Pay Amendment Bill passes with unanimous support

Back in July last year, we reported that the Equal Pay Amendment Bill was waiting for a second reading …

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New Zealand: Government extends temporary work visas by six months

Employees with an employer-assisted temporary work visa that is due to expire before 31st December 2020 will have it automatically extended by a further six months …

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New Zealand: Time for Small Business Cashflow Scheme extended

The deadline for applications to the Small Business Cashflow Scheme has been extended until 31st December 2020 …

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New Zealand: Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Act 2019

The Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Act 2019 came fully into force on 28th June 2020 …

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New Zealand: Paid parental leave extended to 26 weeks

With effect from 1st July 2020, paid parental leave was extended from 22 to 26 weeks …

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New Zealand: Applications for COVID-19 Workers and Workplaces Assistance Fund now open

Applications for the COVID-19 Workers and Workplaces Assistance Fund are now open …

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New Zealand: Support for trainees and apprenticeships

Starting from August 2020, employers who take on eligible apprentices may apply for subsidies of up to $16,000 (US$10,394) for the first two years under the “Apprenticeship Boost” scheme …

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New Zealand: Fewer people to face end of year tax bills

Tax payable up to $200 (US$130) will be written off for the 2019/20 income tax year …

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New Zealand: Tinkering human rights

There is no fully effective human rights law in operation across the country …

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