Articles: Employment/Health & Safety

New bereavement leave for miscarriage and still birth

The Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Act 2021 passed by a unanimous vote on 24 March 2021. This new law allows employees to take paid bereavement leave in the event of a miscarriage or stillbirth. The change has been effective from 1 April 2021.

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What happens when you get an Employment Agreement wrong?

A good employment relationship is founded on certainty of terms for both the employee and employer. This comes from having a well-drafted employment agreement which clearly sets out the expectations, obligations and entitlements of each party. A well-written agreement can help maintain clear, productive working relationships and can mitigate or even prevent future disputes.

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Sick leave entitlement increases 24 July 2021

As of 24 July 2021, the minimum entitlement for paid sick leave will double from 5 to 10 days per year.

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When the bubble bursts - Can I be fired if I get stuck in Australia?

The Trans-Tasman bubble opened, paused, opened and is now closed again and New Zealanders have been trying to get home during the 7 day window allowed by the New Zealand government. So from an employment law perspective, what happens if an employee gets stuck in Australia for an indefinite period of time?

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Farmers - are you accidentally paying your employees below minimum wage?

Farming is seasonal; it is a business that creates the need for employees (with their agreement) to work additional hours at different times of the year. When requiring employees to work those additional hours, farmers need to ensure compliance with the Minimum Wage Act 1983, which cannot be contracted out of.

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