Articles: by Mary-Jane Thomas

Fair Pay Agreement Bill

The Fair Pay Agreement Bill recently passed its first reading in Parliament. This Bill, if enacted into law, may result in the biggest shake up to the employment sector since the Employment Contracts Act 1991.

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What to do if one of your employees tests positive for Covid-19

If one of your employees tests positive for Covid-19 there are procedures you must undertake. Rules are changing all the time, so when you read this be aware there may have already been changes. Also there are many things that frankly are not very clear yet, but I’ll do my best to set out what employers currently must do by law.

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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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