Articles: Employment/Health and Safety

What you need to know about the My Vaccine Pass

A My Vaccine Pass is an official record of your Covid-19 vaccination status for use in New Zealand. Having a pass will allow you to access certain events, entertainment and dining facilities, and other venues operating under the new Covid-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) which comes into force in New Zealand on Friday 3 November 2021.

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Worker availability - is 24/7, 365 legal?

A recent decision of the Employment Court is set to change the working hours and structure of ‘wharfies’ (waterfront workers) around New Zealand, after a stevedoring contractor which operates around the country has had availability provisions in their employment agreements declared unlawful.

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Vaccine mandates - rights and obligations for employers and employees

I have been holding off writing anything about Covid vaccination mandates in the hope that the legal position would become clearer. At this time we have only received government guidance but not the confirmed legislation. As I write this article on Friday 22 October 2021 it has not become clearer but hopefully I can give some broad guidance.

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ERA further endorses Covid-19 vaccine mandate

A month after upholding NZ Customs’ dismissal of a temporary employee for non-compliance with the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has further highlighted the role of the government’s vaccine mandate in the context of frontline employment.

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NZ Customs dismisses unvaccinated employee

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has rejected an employee’s claims against the Customs Service for terminating her employment because she was not vaccinated against COVID-19. The employee worked at a port facility, having been appointed to a ‘national role’ in October 2020 designed to assist with temporary additional staffing required to manage the risk of COVID-19 reaching New Zealand through the ports.

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