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Keep up to date with what's happening in New Zealand Employment Law, and what's new at WRMK
Employment law: change is the new constant
June 06, 2019
The current coalition Government has made significant changes to the employment law landscape and it has intimated that more change is on the horizon. We are in a period of significant uncertainty for both employers and employees, and keeping up to date is essential. This article takes stock of what has changed, and looks ahead at what is likely to come.
Swearing at your boss – Can employers fire a potty-mouthed employee?
May 17, 2019
Something we hear pretty regularly from clients is: “What can I do when a staff member swears at their manager/storms off site?” The legal answer is the same as with any employee misbehaviour – take a moment to cool off and consider how serious the behaviour actually was (and follow a fair process).
New law on Domestic Violence Leave: what employers need to know
April 01, 2019
The Government’s Domestic Violence – Victims' Protection Act comes into force, today, 1 April 2019. The Act gives new entitlements to victims of domestic violence and puts strict obligations on their employers to ensure those entitlements are met.
Cash for Hurt Feelings – Employment Court decision signals increases for hurt and humiliation payments
June 05, 2018
The old adage “sticks and stones” may apply to squabbling children, but it certainly doesn’t apply where an employer’s words or actions lead to an unjustifiable sacking. Many employers see employment (and its termination) as a purely business transaction, and are shocked to find out that employees can claim for injury to feelings.
Employment under our new Government - what can we expect?
October 27, 2017
With New Zealand First’s decision to form a coalition government with Labour and the Greens, it is difficult to predict which policies will be implemented in the Employment space. In all the election hoopla focusing on tax, water and “the economy” you may have missed some of the key employment policies.
October 27, 2017
Communication is such a vital element of a good employment relationship that it has been detailed in our Employment Law Bible (the Employment Relations Act 2000) in the form of the “duty of good faith”.
Does The Process Really Matter If An Employee Is Obviously 'Guilty'?
August 24, 2017
I regularly get employer clients asking “but what if I catch an employee red-handed – surely I can fire them on the spot?” The answer is no - not even then. Employers still have to follow a fair process.
Employment contracts: Permanent? Fixed-term? Casual? Which do I need?
July 26, 2017
Employers are regularly confused about the difference between permanent, casual and fixed-term employees, and what kind of staff member they should have. Here's our guide.
The Domestic Violence - Victims Protection Bill
June 22, 2017
The Domestic Violence - Victims Protection Bill is currently before the Select Committee which, if successful will make changes to the Domestic Violence Act 1995, the Holidays Act 2003 and several others. Read on to see what this could mean for you.
Employment Investigations - Getting it right!
June 22, 2017
An employer dealing with an employee’s misconduct has a challenge ahead of them. We understand the minefield of legal problems that an under resourced employer has to negotiate if they are going to successfully conclude an employment investigation without falling foul of the procedural rules that abound.
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De facto relationships – what does “living together as a couple” actually mean?
It’s generally well-understood that if you live with someone as a couple for three years, if the relationship ends, then any property involved is divided equally. However, what is less well-understood is the definition of “living together as a couple”. What exactly is a de facto relationship, are you in one, and if it ends, what happens to your stuff?
June 26, 2019
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