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Employment protection proposed for domestic violence victims

22 June 2018:The Domestic Violence – Victim’s Protection Bill has passed its second reading in Parliament. The purpose of the Bill is to increase employment protection for victims of domestic violence in the workplace by reducing any existing barriers that may prevent them from having stable employment. What is this Bill about? The Bill seeks […]

Penalties for Employers Breaching Minimum Standards are more serious than ever

With tougher sanctions and penalties of up to $20,000 for each breach imposed on business owners, employers need to be confident they are meeting their minimum statutory obligations. In 2017 we have seen significant sanctions on employers and it seems every week the newspapers name and shame employers who have breached minimum standards. Penalties can […]

Authority examines validity of sickness certificate

An employer was ordered to pay an employee wage arrears for four days’ sick leave taken in March 2014 despite the fact the employee only produced vague medical certificates to justify the leave in April 2014. The employee took off two Fridays and two Mondays and did not provide a medical certificate for either of […]

Q & A – Sick leave and ACC

Question: An employee has had a workplace accident. The employee has sick leave available. I understand they are entitled to be paid for the first week (or part thereof) to compensate them for lost earnings, at 80% of what they would have earned that week. Can an employee choose to receive sick leave rather than […]

Updated standards for medical certificates

On 30th October 2013, the Medical Council released its updated standards for doctors writing medical certificates. Employers are welcoming this update, which has come about from a recent period of review – including submissions from interested parties. The Medical Council chairperson, Dr John Adams says that the writing of medical certificates can be a complicated […]

Holiday and sick leave entitlements of casual and part-time employees

In this article, we will address the following questions: I am preparing an employment agreement for a permanent part-time employee. We want to pay out their holiday pay on a “pay as you go” basis at 8% — is this OK? This part-timer will work two days per week, so how many sick days are […]

Q & A – Snow absenteeism, what to do?

Question: Some of my employees claim that they could not get to work because of heavy snow. They merely texted to say they would not be in but I am not sure how serious their situations really were. The employees say I must pay them for the days they did not work because they were“ready […]

Suspension or sick leave?

Should employee be suspended on pay or given paid sick leave when employer deems he/she is unfit for work? Question: If an employer requests that an employee stay at home, or go home, because he or she is unwell or unfit for work, is this time off deemed to be sick leave and therefore able […]

Q & A – Can a permanent employee work different hours each week?

Question: Is it legal for an employee under a individual employment agreement to work variable hours per week? For example, in the retail sector, an employee may work for 30 hours one week, 50 hours in the following week, 20 hours in the third week, 60 hours in the fourth week and so on. Although the […]