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When is a discretionary bonus not a discretionary bonus?

May 4th, 2020 Mike Gould

When is a discretionary bonus not a discretionary bonus?

The Employment Court has made a decision that will affect every employer who has any kind of bonus or performance related remuneration scheme in place.
Topics: Employment , News
 
COVID-19 - Issues for employers at Alert Level 3

April 24th, 2020 Mike Gould

COVID-19 - Issues for employers at Alert Level 3

Requirements for workplaces at Level 3 are:

  • People must work from home if that is possible;
  • There must be no physical interaction with customers;
  • Workplaces must be able to be operated safely, including a requirement for one metre physical distancing.
 
COVID-19 and Public Holidays: Do Employees Still Get Paid?

April 7th, 2020 Gibson Sheat

COVID-19 and Public Holidays: Do Employees Still Get Paid?

Are employees still paid for public holidays if they are not working because of COVID-19? And if so, how much are they paid?

 
COVID-19 Wage Subsidy

March 26th, 2020 Gibson Sheat

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy

Employers can apply for a lump sum payment for their employees over 12 weeks if they have experienced a 30% actual or predicted decline in revenue due to COVID-19, over the period of a month when compared to a month last year.

 
Gibson Sheat is here to support you during COVID-19

March 23rd, 2020 Gibson Sheat

Gibson Sheat is here to support you during COVID-19

We’ve been giving a lot of thought to how Gibson Sheat might be able to help you with the challenges you might face in the coming period. Keep an eye out for our updates on this.

 
Clarification of leave calculation by the Employment Court

February 17th, 2020 Mike Gould

Clarification of leave calculation by the Employment Court

The Employment Court has recently clarified one of the many complicated sections of the Holidays Act - the calculation of payment for bereavement leave, alternate holidays, public holidays and sick leave.

Topics: Employment
 
Restraints of Trade & Non-Competition Clauses – Independent Contractors

December 4th, 2019 Richard Gordon

Restraints of Trade & Non-Competition Clauses – Independent Contractors

It is common to see a restraint of trade clause in an employment agreement or an agreement for the sale and purchase of a business. But what about independent contractor agreements?
Can an independent contractor be subject to a restraint of trade?
 
Covert recordings by employees

July 31st, 2019 Mike Gould

Covert recordings by employees

In this age of smartphones, practically everyone has a recording device in their pocket. As an employer, have you ever wondered where you stand with regard to a recording made by an employee without your knowledge?

Topics: Employment
 
Business Sale & Purchase and vulnerable employees

July 29th, 2019 Alexandra Morrissey

Business Sale & Purchase and vulnerable employees

[Photo:CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images, original author: Nick YoungsonOriginal Image]

Who are vulnerable employees? And what extra protection do they have under the Employment Relations Act 2000?
 
Important employment law changes you need to be aware of

May 3rd, 2019 Gibson Sheat

Important employment law changes you need to be aware of

Changes that extend or protect employees’ and unions’ rights and powers, and add new responsibilities or obligations for employers took effect in December 2018 and April 2019, with further changes effective 6 May.
Topics: Employment
 
Sexual harassment in the workplace – what to do?

April 2nd, 2019 Gibson Sheat

Sexual harassment in the workplace – what to do?

The Employment Relations Act 2000 and the Human Rights Act 1993 cover the in-depth processes, remedies and forms of general and sexual harassment in the workplace for New Zealand employees.
Topics: Employment
 
Free Employment law seminar - Masterton, 8 October 2018

September 25th, 2018 Gibson Sheat

Free Employment law seminar - Masterton, 8 October 2018

How will the legislative changes affect your business?

Register now for our free employment law update at our Masterton office on Monday 8 October, from 5pm.
The Gibson Sheat employment team will summarise employment law changes effective in 2018 and advise how they'll affect your business.

Topics: Employment, News
 
Personal Grievances - What needs to be considered when raising a PG

August 31st, 2018 Gibson Sheat

Personal Grievances - What needs to be considered when raising a PG

A personal grievance is a formal process in which an employee may raise a complaint against their employer if they have been dealt with unfairly or illegally...
Topics: Employment
 
Employment agreements from and employer perspective

August 31st, 2018 Gibson Sheat

Employment agreements from and employer perspective

An individual employment agreement is a written agreement containing terms and conditions of the employment.  It is a useful tool with which the employer can set clear performance expectations...

Topics: Employment
 
Government announces Employment Law changes

February 1st, 2018 Gibson Sheat

Government announces Employment Law changes

Jacinda Ardern and Employment Minister Iain Lees-Galloway have announced several employment law changes as part of Labour’s 100 day plan. Most of these are aimed at increasing protections and rights for employees and removing legislation introduced by the previous government that was more beneficial to employers. Employers and businesses will need to take a keen interest in these changes, and signalled future changes.
Topics: Employment