Webinar recording: Upcoming Immigration changes
We recently held a free webinar on Employing Migrant Workers. Incase you missed it or would like to listen again, we have now made…
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Immigration New Zealand has announced a variety of changes to work visas and how migrant workers are employed. These changes will be happening in stages over the next 18 months and will be completed in 2021. Two of the most significant changes are: Employers will need to be accredited employers in order to hire migrant workers. Sector Agreements will apply to some industries.
Is behaviour outside working hours solely a private matter? Does an employer have any business passing judgement on private conduct? Well sometimes, yes. Conduct outside the workplace can impact on the employment relationship by bringing the employer into disrepute. Sometimes that impact can be serious enough to justify dismissal .
There is a point at the end of most mediation sessions, usually after documents have been signed and water glasses and whiteboard markers are being cleared away, where one of the parties turns to someone, maybe the mediator or maybe one of their own support people, and says, “I’m so relieved.”
In a recent Employment Court case, the Court confirmed that employers who seek to require an employee to be available for additional hours of work outside those set out in their employment agreement will need to Ensure they have genuine reasons for requiring the employee’s additional availability; Include an availability provision in their employment agreement; and ensure the employee receives reasonable compensation for the required availability.