Employment Standards Bill introduced to Parliament

Employment Standards Bill introduced to Parliament

An Employment Standards Bill which proposes to  protect vulnerable workers and tackle harmful anti-competitive behaviour to create a level playing field for all businesses was introduced to NZ Parliament by Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse on Thursday 13th of August 2015.

“The changes aim to better support families by recognising the diversity of modern work and family arrangements and making it easier for parents to stay connected to the workforce.” Mr Woodhouse said.


Lucia Vincent, Senior Solicitor*
NZISM Otago Branch Seminar - 2 July 2015

Bullying hurts.  Most know the sting of a hurtful jibe or playful punch.  Being teased as a child forced me to grow a thick skin.  I don’t wince if someone calls me freckle face anymore.  But it becomes more sinister when adults are involved; especially at work where many of us spend most of our waking day.  Why should employers care?  And what does it have to do with health and safety? 


A private member Amendment Bill proposing to extend the minimum wage rate to independent contractors is being reviewed by New Zealand Parliament. The Bill was introduced to Parliament on Wednesday 22nd July 2015 by Labour MP David Parker and was scheduled to have its first reading later this evening.

This Bill proposes to extend the Minimum Wage Rate Act 1983 to include independent contractors which would allow them to get paid a rate equal to the current minimum wage.   

Corporate Manslaughter provision to be debated in Parliament

The New Zealand Government is considering the addition of a corporate manslaughter offence to the Health and Safety Reform Bill currently before Parliament.

In 2012, on the back of two of New Zealand’s largest industrial tragedies, the Pike River Mine explosion and the CTV building collapse in Christchurch, proposals were presented in Parliament to discuss the introduction of a corporate manslaughter charge to the Crimes Act 1961.

In Confidence: The Role of Confidentiality in an Employment Relationship

The intricacies of employment and mediation-mandated confidentiality agreements have recently been in the public spotlight after former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig remarked that, if a confidentiality agreement with his ex-press secretary were to be lifted, then the public could finally find out what had or “had not” actually happened between them, in the recent case involving Craig.

Employment Agreements - can you afford not to have them?


The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) visited 41 employees in the Queenstown region in August 2014 alone, to check their compliance with employment and immigration laws.


Employment law is set to change. Passed into law on 6 November 2014, the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2013 (“the Act”) will largely come into force on 6 March 2015. The following are some of the changes the Act makes that are likely to impact our employment relationships the most.  With more flexibility for employers and exemptions from several obligations for smaller business, the changes promise to be good for business. 

Manager Left to Manage his Own Leave

The recent Employment Court case, Rainbow Falls Organic Farms Limited v Rockell overturned the Authority decision to award $42,793.12 in lost wages and found that Mr Rockell had not shown he had worked the extra weekends or public holidays that were claimed.



Handling Health and Safety Your Way

Health and Safety is critical to running a successful and safe farming business.  Whether you own a Farm, Sharemilk, Contract Milk or work as an employee, we thought it timely to take the time this Christmas to talk about health and safety to ensure everyone enjoys going home safely to celebrate this holiday season. 

Employers – the Legal Bits

Handling Health & Safety Better this Christmas

Health and Safety is key to running a successful business.  We thought it timely this Christmas to remind you about how to comply with your legal obligations and ensure everyone enjoys going home safely to celebrate this holiday season. 


Partying at Christmas