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Red light, Green light – 4 anticipations under the new COVID framework

New Zealand is now operating under the Traffic Light system, which means businesses may be wondering about how this will look in practice as our new ‘normal’, and how it will play out moving forward from a logistical and transactional point of view. However, there is more to think about beyond the ins and out […]

Politics and Religion, Sexually transmitted diseases and Covid Vaccination Status – The difficult conversations in the workplace

Politics and Religion, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Covid Vaccination Status – the difficult conversations in the workplace…… Disagreement around the first two topics have literally led to wars on a global scale, while at a local level they have been known to cause divides between families and friends and divisions within communities. This is due […]

No Jab, No Job: Has the Employment Relations Authority put a stake in the ground?

A recent decision of the Employment Relations Authority (the Authority) made by Member Beck sitting in Christchurch, has attracted a significant amount of attention. The decision is GF v New Zealand Customs Service, 2021 NZERA 382.  Put shortly, the Authority decided that Customs could dismiss the employee (GF) because the employee declined to get vaccinated […]

Is There Even a Workplace Anymore?

Without much time to prepare or plan, the pandemic demanded that we change how we operate on a day-to-day basis. In the beginning, change may have felt clunky and awkward as we all tried to figure out how to do everything differently. Work-life especially has shifted into a new space. Zoom calls and working from […]

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:   If an employee lives outside of the Auckland “border” […]

The Gulf Between Us

I sat in a meeting earlier this week and I heard a conversation play out between an employer and their former employee who was made redundant as a result of COVID-19. It was a conversation I have heard many times before, not just as a result of the pandemic but as part of the numerous […]

Our Top 4 commonly asked questions from April 2020: Covid-19 and the “new normal”

When it comes to working and COVID-19, businesses have had to navigate the obstacles and new requirements that come with Alert Level 3. Over the past couple of weeks, we have been assisting and supporting clients manage their workplace and deal with the tough COVID-19 questions. We would like to share our top 4 commonly […]

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

There has been a lot of news coverage and new information released about COVID-19 in the last couple of weeks. Here are some frequently asked questions that we have received from our clients. They may answer some questions you have as an employer or prompt you to get ahead of any potential questions that your employees […]