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 [...]

RESTRUCTURE ADVICE

Any business aims to maximise efficiency and reduce costs. Sometimes this will require a restructure. However, employers need to plan their actions very carefully when restructuring. Riley v Wholesale Cars Direct[1] The recent case between Peter Riley and Wholesale Cars Direct is an example of an employer really dropping the ball. The size of the [...]

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

MINIMUM WAGE As of 1st April, the minimum wage has increased to $15.75 per hour for employees over 16 and to $12.60 for employees starting out or in training. EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS ACT AMENDMENTS The changes introduced in 2015 are now mandatory for all employment agreements, meaning existing contracts need to be updated. Key points include: [...]

APPROACHING PERFORMANCE REVIEWS TACTFULLY

The Employment Court recently considered whether an employer’s decisions within a performance review process could amount to a constructive dismissal (i.e.: where employment circumstances effectively force an employee to resign). Dr Henderson was the Director of Nursing and Midwifery for the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board. She left her employment after the DHB Chief Executive [...]
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