Zero Hour Contract Restrictions

A law change restricting zero hour contracts becomes effective from 1 April 2016, following amendment to the Employment Relations Act 2000 (“Act”).

Trial Periods: what is required, and how to safely dismiss

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.

However, there are a number of requirements that must be met in order for the trial period to be safely relied upon to dismiss, and the Courts strictly interpret these requirements because they limit employee rights.


Incapacity - when to cry halt?

Kate Ashcroft spoke at the Conferenz 30th Annual Industrial and Employment Relations Conference recently, on incapacity, and this article summarises key points from her presentation

Health & Safety Regulations released: What you need to know about the new control hierarchy

A raft of new regulations to support the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (Act) were released recently, covering general risk and workplace management, worker engagement, participation and representation, major hazards, asbestos, as well as infringement fees and more specific topics like mining and adventure activities.

Employment Standards Legislation Bill Passes

The Employment Standards Legislation Bill was passed last week and comes into effect 1 April 2016, changing the following five key employment laws:

  • Employment Relations Act 2000
  • The Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987
  • Minimum Wage Act 1983
  • Holidays Act 2003
  • Wages Protection Act 1983

The impact of the new law includes:


Many economists are predicting difficult global market conditions in 2016, and this has been borne out already in some sectors including dairy farming.  Given this, having to make people redundant for whatever reason may be a possibility for many businesses. 

Mandatory drug and alcohol testing for Aviation and Maritime Sectors

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss announced in a Press Release this week that mandatory drug and alcohol testing will be introduced for the commercial aviation and maritime sectors by 2017.  Employers in these sectors will be required to undertake random drug testing, and to implement a drug and alcohol management plan approved by either the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).


Charlie Arms-Harris speaks to Jonny Turner on public holidays and leave entitlements

Charlie Arms Harris on Hokonui


Copeland Ashcroft employment law specialist Charlie Arms-Harris speaks to Jonny Turner on the Hokonui Muster around Mondayisation of public holidays and staff leave entitlements coming into the festive season.



Press Release - Farmers warned to be vigilant around migrant workers’ paperwork

25 November 2015

Media release - Copeland Ashcroft Law

Recent events are a timely reminder that farmers and growers need to be vigilant when hiring migrant workers and ensure they have their paperwork in order, says employment law specialist from Copeland Ashcroft Law, Charlie Arms-Harris.

Arms-Harris is referring to the recent Filipino migrant worker false documentation scam, where Filipino dairy farms sold fake work experience documents for up to NZ$15,000.

Health & Safety Reform Bill passed in NZ Parliament

The Health and Safety Reform Bill passed its final reading in New Zealand Parliament on Thursday, August 28, 2015. As a result, a new Health and Safety at Work Act will come into force on the 4th April 2016.

It is the first significant reform of New Zealand’s health and safety legislation in 20 years.