Employment Standards Legislation Bill Passed Reading
The Employment Standards Legislation Bill has passed third reading in parliament and will come into force 1 April 2016.
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The Government introduced a new Bill on 25 January 2018 which intends to amend the Employment Relations Act 2000 with the aim of providing greater protection for employees and workers. The Government believes there is a need to restore fairness and balance into New Zealand workplaces. The changes are as expected and include restrictions imposed on the use of the trial period by businesses employing more than 20 employees, and among other things, restoring statutory rest and meal breaks.
The introduction of the new Employment Standards Legislation from 1 April 2016 places greater emphasis on the requirement for employers to keep clearer records for pay, time, leave and public holidays. The purpose of these changes are to make it easier to assess if employees are receiving their minimum entitlements as set out in legislation.
New employment standards legislation was introduced last year to give greater protection to employees on “zero-hour” contracts, with no guarenteed hours of work. However, the changes have wider-reaching implications and in one way or another have an impact on almost all employment agreements, particularly regarding: