MBIE TO MAINTAIN DATABASE OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINTS

Women's Minister Julie Genter has announced that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will now keep centralised data records concerning allegation of workplace sexual misconduct. Surely gathering such information can only be a good thing, what do you think? Check out the full Stuff.co.nz article. BuckettLaw are well versed in dealing with sexual misconduct complaints, [...]

LABOUR ROLLS BACK 90 DAY TRIAL PERIODS

26 January 2017 The 90-day trial period is kept, but limited, tea breaks are restored, and collective bargaining is strengthened. Do these changes, as the Government says, put fairness back into the workplace and employment relations? Or do they, as Business New Zealand says, fetter business opportunity and growth? We consider the Government's proposed changes. [...]

CAN OUR CURRENT LEGAL FRAMEWORK COPE WITH THE RISE OF THE DIGITAL (GIG) ECONOMY?

Is the digital (gig) economy about to disrupt current workplace legal infrastructure? If so, how will the disruption occur and what will be its impact? Rapid emerging technology is changing the face of the workplace. Here are just a few examples of how automation and digital disruption is affecting certain industries: -  Most large supermarkets [...]

THE DANGERS OF RELYING ON EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT BUILDERS

Employers beware: In a judgment last week, the Employment Court has criticised an employer for relying on a template from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in drafting its employment agreements. This led to a murky situation where, according to the contract, the employer had its employee on simultaneous probation and trial periods. The [...]

THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN “CASTING COUCH” EFFECT IN NZ

Where is the line in the sand to be drawn? What is the decider between harassment and a consensual relationship between employer and employee? What is appropriate behaviour? The Harvey Weinstein outing highlights deficiency in NZ workplace sexual harassment laws. Buckettlaw says it is timely to reassess these. What Is Sexual Harassment? The law is [...]

CONFIDENTIALITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

How sacrosanct are confidentiality clauses? When can the corporate veil be lifted for greater transparency and accountability? Leading employment law expert Barbara Buckett had a thing or two to say on the matter. RNZ recently approached Barbara for comment on the issue of whether Dunedin City Counsellors were justified in seeking greater transparency and accountability [...]

PSYCHOMETRIC TESTING DURING AN EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP, LEGALLY DUBIOUS?

Leading Employment Law specialist and Principal of BuckettLaw, Barbara Buckett, had a thing or two to say about psychometric testing during an ongoing employment relationship. Check out the audio from RNZ's piece aired earlier this morning during RNZ's Morning Report Programme. Listen to the RNZ piece here or read the full article here. Barbara assisted Stuff.co.nz in a [...]

EMPLOYMENT LAW AFFECTS IMMIGRATION, NEW LAW BITES

Employers beware of non-compliance with minimum employment standards. Around 70 New Zealand business have been banned from hiring migrant workers after being found to have been in breach of minimum employment standards. Yesterday Stuff.co.nz/Fairfax Media NZ released an article on the topic. Interestingly, the businesses were banned from employing migrant workers for up to two [...]
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