In accordance with Section 69OI(1) of the Employment Relations Act 2000 (the “Act”), an employee protection provision means a provision—

Deductions Pay Employers Consult First

In accordance with the Wages Protection Act 1983, an employer may make deductions from wages payable to an employee for any lawful purpose with the employee’s written consent.  Written consent includes consent in a general deductions clause in the relevant employment agreement, or on the employee’s written request.  Under s 5A of the Act, an employer must not make a deduction, however, if that deduction is unreasonable.

Rats and Rates and Recent changes

It was big, grey and right outside Invercargill Pak’n Save. Around its neck was a sign saying, ‘Don’t Be a Rat Mr Dobson.’

FAQ: the COVID-19 resurgence and its impact on businesses

The resurgence of COVID-19 in New Zealand’s community has raised some new (and old) questions for businesses as they try to navigate levels 3 and 2 again. We’ve put together some answers for some of the issues businesses most frequently tell us they’re grappling with:

Disadvantage Grievance

An employee may bring a personal grievance for disadvantage if, “the employee’s employment, or one or more conditions thereof, is or are affected to the employee’s disadvantage by some unjustifiable action by the employer”. (Section 103 (1)(b) of the Employment Relations Act 2000).

Managing redundancies in the COVID-19 environment

The effect of the COVID-19 virus on our economy is likely to be significant. As a consequence, some employers are going to need to take costs out of their businesses in order to weather the present environment.

Dog and a Machine: Conflict in the Workplace

I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine, and we discussed his business and its challenges. He was complaining about issues he was having with his employees. The exact words were “bloody staff” followed by other words in a similar vein which I won’t bore you with. As the conversation progressed, he shared his thoughts that all you actually need is a machine and a dog, the machine to do all the work and the dog to keep people away from the machine.

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