Screen Industry Workers Bill – Hobbiton Horror

The Screen Industry Workers Bill fails abysmally to address the issues of discrimination and damage caused by the Hobbit law. The 2010 amendment to the Employment Relations Act allowed participants in the film industry to extract employee-level control over workers without affording those workers employee rights such as holiday pay and the duty to act […]

Redundancy and the Road to Recovery – now what?

Redundancy issues for employers Tori McGaugh, Employment Relations Specialist, BuckettLaw Following a long 7 weeks of lockdown, two lots of Wage Subsidies and the vast changes to the employment landscape that have taken place in this time, our attention turns to recovery. The COVID-19 situation has imposed volatile conditions on businesses; meaning they have needed […]

COVID-19 – WAGE SUBSIDY EXTENSION CONSIDERATIONS

19 May 2020 – Wage Subsidy Extension - Considerations Last week the government announced an 8 week extension to the wage subsidy scheme, which will be available from 10 June 2020 until 1 September 2020. Eligible employers will need to reapply through Work and Income once their current 12-week subsidy has come to an end. [...]

COVID-19 – THE FURLOUGH PROSPECT

Updated 21 May 2020 – To furlough or not to furlough As redundancies become the next anticipated COVID-19 employment surge, keeping staff on extended leave to avoid redundancy may be a fairer and more commercially savvy option. Is furloughing better for job retention than the wage subsidy? Buckettlaw is currently experiencing a surge in redundancy [...]

COVID-19 – EMPLOYEE VS. CONTRACTOR

14 May 2020 – COVID-19 Employee or Contractor? Employers versus independent contractors case (Parcel express and Mr Leota) opens the floodgates. A well-timed Employment Court decision confirms that courier drivers are employees and not independent contractors. Whilst the Court said the case was confined to the facts the case will have serious consequences for the [...]

COVID-19 AND REDUNDANCY

30 April 2020 – COVID-19 and Redundancy A frequent question that is being asked of our practitioners – “Can I still undertake restructure and/or redundancy activities if I have drawn a wage subsidy?” Yes – within boundaries.  Businesses can still undertake restructuring and implement redundancies in the COVID-19 environment. However, that right is still subject to [...]
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