Restructuring Redundancy Selection Processes
We’ve all heard about the controversial “Massey v Wrigley” case, which has redefined the way we need to conduct our selection proc…
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Redundancy is generally considered to be a situation where an employee’s position is surplus to the employer’s commercial needs. Employers must be able to justify redundancies substantively (show that they are genuine) and procedurally (that a fair procedure was followed). An employer who fails to carry out a proper restructure process will be potentially liable for remedies such as compensation, penalties, lost remuneration and reinstatement.
In accordance with Section 69OI(1) of the Employment Relations Act 2000 (the “Act”), an employee protection provision means a provision—
Background: I own a motel that currently has 28 rooms. I work a few hours myself and I employ a permanent part-time manager. I also have three employees (the cleaners) who are part-time with variable hours who carry out cleaning, servicing rooms and “whatever” turns up on the day. The manager helps with those duties after dealing with administrative matters. I am converting half the rooms to apartments, so will only have a ten-room establishment. I will no longer need a part-time manager. Anticipating what is likely to happen, two of the cleaners have decided to return to study and have advised they will be terminating employment in two months’ time. After the conversion is carried out, I will be able to run the business with only two cleaners. The manager has become overbearing and I will be glad to give him notice of redundancy and work on my own again.
Under the Employment Relations Act 2000, a “personal grievance” is an action taken against an employer or former employer by an employee who claims to have been: • unjustifiably dismissed • disadvantaged in employment by an unjustifiable action of the employer • discriminated against • sexually harassed • racially harassed • subject to duress in relation to union membership, or • disadvantaged by the employer’s failure to comply with the Act’s requirements in relation to restructuring situations
We have positions available in both our Conflict Resolution and ER Support Teams, for which we are looking for people with a strong understanding of the New Zealand employment relations jurisdiction and best practice ER/HR advice. Depending on your level of experience and expertise, your work could involve a variety of things from employment agreements, policies, health and safety, disciplinary and performance matters, recruitment, restructuring and redundancies through to high level employment relations strategy, collective bargaining, dispute resolution, conflict management, mediations, investigations and change management.