New Zealand: new entitlements for employees affected by domestic violence

On 25 July 2018, New Zealand finalised legislation that will give workers who are victims of domestic violence the right to paid leave and other employment law protections. The Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Bill has passed its third reading in Parliament and will come into force on 1 April 2019. The Bill provides for flexible working for victims of domestic violence, ten days’ domestic…

New Zealand: Employment Law Reforms Announced

Following the general election in September last year, the new Government has signaled changes to legislation governing the 90-day trial period for new employees. These changes differ from the measures proposed under Labour’s election policy, which included the introduction of referees who would be able to reinstate or award limited damages to employees unjustifiably dismissed during a trial period. 90-day trial periods The Government’s Bill…

New Zealand: Availability Provisions

In August the Employment Court released its first decision on so-called ‘availability provisions’, whereby an employee must be on standby to work any hours the employer requires them to work, but on the other hand, they can only work if the employer gives them work to do. This arrangement is common in ‘zero-hours contracts’ and section 67D of the Employment Relations Act 2000 was introduced…