Employee Policy Handbooks - fixed price offer! (only until April 2018)

Being clear about what is expected of employees is the best way to set the employment relationship up for success.  An employee policy handbook is a great tool to set guidelines for employees, to reflect your organisational culture and set out your values/vision.  It can also cover any additional rules/code of conduct guidelines that you wish, to set expectations around behaviour.

Triangular Employment Relationships – New Laws Proposed

It has been a busy start to the year for employment law changes!   In addition to the broad changes reported here the Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill (Bill) has also been introduced to Parliament. 

UPDATED: Easter Sunday Trading

In 2016, the Government made changes to the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 (Act) to enable city and district Councils to make decisions on whether shops in their districts could open on Easter Sunday or not. 

Many Councils have decided to allow shops in their district to open on Easter Sunday, click on link here to identify all Councils in New Zealand which allow shops to open on Easter Sunday,

CAL Free Seminar - 'What's on the horizon for 2018'

Don't forget our free seminars being held in locations over New Zealand in February and March.

"What's on the horizon for 2018" - click here for more informatin and to register for a seminar in your area.

Changes to employment law? What we know

The Copeland Ashcroft Law Team recently wrote on our predictions to the post-election changes in employment law.  The Employment Relations Amendment Bill (Bill) was introduced to Parliament on 29 January 2018. Although the Members of Parliament are yet to debate and vote on the Bill, we now know more about the immediate changes the coalition Government proposes to make.

Minimum Standards & Volunteers

In New Zealand volunteers are at the heart of many organisations from sporting clubs and schools to charitable organisations.  However, many businesses also have people performing unpaid work, including internships and work trials, and the law around this continues to develop.  A volunteer for the purposes of employment law is someone who not only doesn’t expect to be rewarded for work performed but also does not receive reward for carrying out the work.  More information is available here.

Proof of Sickness Requirements Changing

The Holidays Act 2003 (the Act) will change as of 31 January 2018, to allow the health practitioners as listed below to certify whether someone is medically unfit or fit to work.  Currently, this ability is restricted to medical practitioners (eg, doctors).  The extension will cover:

Season's Greetings

The team at Copeland Ashcroft Law wish you a safe and happy Christmas and New Year and would like to thank you for your support during 2017. 

We look forward to seeing you next year.

From 1pm, 22 December 2017 until 15 January 2018, our offices will be closed.

For urgent assistance over the holidays, please call:

Kate Ashcroft, between 27 - 29 December 2018 +64 21 548 856

Public Holidays

Paying for public holidays
The Christmas period can be a challenging time of year for employers trying to manage the minefield that is the Holidays Act 2003 (Act), but it pays to get it right (or risk a penalty award and backpay for up to six years)!

Who is entitled to payment for public holidays?
An employee is entitled to be paid for a public holiday even if they don't work, if the day on which the public holidays falls would “otherwise be a working day” for them.

UPDATED: Trial Periods: What is required and how to safely dismiss

Case law on trial periods continues to evolve.  In light of a recent Employment Court judgment, we have (again!) updated this article, which was previously issued in our InTouch newsletter.

Trial periods are available to all employers for new employees for the first 90 days of employment, and are a helpful tool because they allow employers to dismiss without recourse to a personal grievance claim for unjustified dismissal.