Recent news

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

New Zealand: Union rights

The stringent nature of labour relations laws in New Zealand were recently illustrated by a fine imposed upon a meat company for reprimanding workers that were distributing union literature in the workplace …

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New Zealand: Significant changes to parental leave and zero-hour contracts

In New Zealand, the Employment Standards Bill has now passed its final reading in parliament and will come into force on April 1st 2016 as previously planned …

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New Zealand: Wide-ranging changes in the area of employment law

A number of employment law reforms are expected to come into force in New Zealand during the coming months …

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New Zealand: Reminder to keep accurate employment records

New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has reminded employers of their obligations to produce and maintain accurate time, wage and leave records in relation to their employees and produce them when requested by a Labour Inspector …

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New Zealand: Failure to give clear reasons for termination results in successful unfair dismissal claim

An interesting case that recently went before the Human Rights Review Tribunal of New Zealand illustrates how important it is for employers to be clear about the reason for dismissal at the time notice of termination is given and to follow the correct dismissal procedures …

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New Zealand: Parliament approves simplification of tax system

A Bill that will simplify New Zealand’s tax system has passed its first reading in parliament …

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New Zealand: Government to veto parental leave bill

In New Zealand, a Bill put forward by the Labour Party to increase paid parental leave to 26 weeks has passed its first reading in Parliament …

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New Zealand: Wage statistics

According to data published by Statistics New Zealand, the Labour Cost Index (LCI) salary and wage rates (including overtime) in New Zealand increased 1 …

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New Zealand: New health and safety Bill progresses to parliament

The Health and Safety Reform Bill in New Zealand, which will replace the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, has now been considered by select committees and is being returned to parliament for its remaining debates …

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New Zealand: Measures to prevent unfair employment practices

The government of New Zealand has proposed a number of reforms to employment law in an attempt to tackle unfair employment practices, mainly in the context of zero-hour arrangements …

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