A vineyard labour contractor has been penalised $25,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) after a labour inspector found they failed to meet their obligation to keep employment records for a second time.

Parental Leave Payments Effect 1 June

There are two main changes to parental leave payments that have taken effect as of 1 June 2017:

2 Billion Pay Equity Settlement Bill Passes Law

The bill to implement a historic pay equity settlement for 55,000 of the health sector’s lowest paid workers passed into law on the 8th June, with unanimous support from across the House.

Bullying Anti Bullying Policy Lets Talk

The new Health and Safety at Work (HSAW) Act 2015 makes it clear that employers’ are obligated to prevent bullying and harrasment in the workplace. WorkSafe NZ has also made new guidelines available online which highlights employers’ duty of care under the HSWA, and as such there is now a better understanding of bullying in the workplace and the costs associated with it.

Farewell Sarah Sherwin

Sarah Sherwin leaves Paul Diver Associates this week to have her second child.

Draft Employment Pay Equity Equal Pay Bill

On 18 April 2017 the Government reached a settlement with the unions in the long running caregiver pay equity case. This settlement impacts on 55,000 workers in the Aged Care Sector, who from 1 July 2017 will receive a pay increase of between 15 and 50 per cent, depending on their qualifications and/or service. This settlement will apply to all pay equity claims made prior to 1 July 2017 that fall within the settlement scope.

Employment Relations Authority Determines On Call Work

In Sanderson v South Canterbury District Health Board [2017] NZERA Christchurch 37, the Employment Relations Authority has determined that being “on-call” constitutes “work”, which means the Minimum Wage Act will apply.  As such, these employees must be paid at a rate no less than the minimum wage for every hour that they are on-call.

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