Recent news

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

New Zealand: Qantas fined for changing rosters without agreement

The Employment Relations Authority has fined the airline Quantas for reverting to old rotating shift rosters without adequately consulting their employees …

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New Zealand: Plans to introduce a number of legal reforms

The Labour government has plans to introduce a number of legal reforms this year – including the extension of paid parental leave from 18 to 22 weeks from July 1st …

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New Zealand: More difficult for companies to use intermediaries

A recent court ruling makes it much more difficult for companies to use intermediaries than hire employees direct …

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New Zealand: Work-related, serious non-fatal injuries

Latest provisional 2016 data shows that the rate of work-related, serious non-fatal injuries fell to 14 …

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New Zealand: National hourly minimum wage to be increased

An agreement has been reached between the two government coalition parties to increase the national hourly minimum wage for those aged 18+ by 27% to $20 (US$13 …

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New Zealand: Migrant worker bans: 70 firms fall foul of new rules

Over 70 employers have been banned from hiring migrant workers so far this year – especially after harsher penalties were introduced in April …

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New Zealand: Pay defines skill

The heavily revised skilled migrant system agreed earlier this year has now come into operation …

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New Zealand: Opt out of a right to pursue personal grievance claims

A proposed law currently before parliament would allow those earning over $150000 (US$109000) to opt out of a right to pursue personal grievance claims, including discrimination and harassment …

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New Zealand: Changes to the employment relations amendment act

The Employment Relations Amendment Act 2016 introduced a series of changes related to an employee’s working hours, shift cancellations and secondary employment …

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New Zealand: Multiple-entry business visas for Chinese

New Zealand has become the first western country to sign a cooperation agreement with China within the Belt and Road initiative …

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New Zealand: Clampdown on rogue employers

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced that a new law coming into force in April would aim at minor offences committed by employers – such as not having the right immigration papers in their possession or paying below the minimum wage …

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New Zealand: Good employment growth

Over Q3 2016 unemployment in New Zealand fell to below 5% for the first time in the last 8 years …

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New Zealand: Seasonal lockout

In a recent landmark case, the New Zealand Court of Appeal has ratified an employment court decision concerning a five-month lockout of workers employed by the meat processing company Affco …

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New Zealand: No visa on entry

All South African travelers heading for New Zealand will need to obtain prior visitor visas from the November 21st this year …

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New Zealand: The year ahead

As the autumn approaches employers in New Zealand can look forwards to another year in which pay rises may well outstrip productivity and prices …

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