Recent news

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

New Zealand: Strong opposition to the proposed Employment Relations Bill from local employers’ groups continues

Strong opposition to the proposed Employment Relations Bill from local employers’ groups continues …

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New Zealand: Paid parental leave now set to 22 weeks

Local employers should make sure that their policies are in line with the new parental leave requirements …

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New Zealand: Four-day working week trial so successful its boss wants to make it permanent

The Trust Company Perpetual Guardian is well on its way to completing its 6-week trial in which staff work 4 days and get paid for 5 days …

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New Zealand: More strikes in the pipeline after nurses walk off job

A number of strikes have recently been affected public services such as nursing and teaching …

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New Zealand: One in five part-timers are underemployed

Latest figures from Stats NZ indicate that those who wish for, but cannot find, full-time work are paid significantly less than those who choose to work part-time …

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New Zealand: Arbitration Amendment Bill

The Justice Select Committee is currently considering the Arbitration Amendment Bill …

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New Zealand: Smiths City case triggers hundreds of complaints on unpaid work

The practice of requiring employees to attend unpaid meetings has now been exposed by the labour inspectorate through what has come to be known as the Smiths City employment court decision …

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New Zealand: Businessman fined for mistreating staff

The operator of a former BP2Go branded petroleum service outlet has been fined $120,000 (US$87,000) and is required to pay $132,000 (US$95,000) in arears to two employees after it was found that they were unlawfully exploiting immigrant workers …

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New Zealand: Employment Relations Bill introduced

The Employment Relations Amendment Bill is now making its way through the national parliament and, as it does so, the relative strengths of different proposals are becoming more evident …

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New Zealand: Proposed employment law changes

A new parliamentary Labour Relations Bill is generating strong opposition from employer organisations across the country …

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New Zealand: Privacy Bill introduced

A new Privacy Bill has been drawn up to replace the existing Privacy Act (1993) …

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New Zealand: Payroll management subsidy

Small companies, and larger companies with small branch offices, may benefit from a payroll management subsidy to encourage them to use professional intermediaries and thus be more likely to submit their income tax and social security payments in a timely and lawful way …

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New Zealand: Labour reforms give proposed new rights to trade unions

Proposed labour reforms give proposed new rights to trade unions, establish collective bargaining (inclusive of pay rates) as the workplace norm, introduce new rest breaks and transfer of undertaking protections …

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New Zealand: 90-day trial period

The government was elected last Autumn on the promise that reinstatement after dismissal during a trial period could be ordered by a special body …

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New Zealand: Immigration continues to be a major issue of concern

Immigration continues to be a major issue of concern for politicians …

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