April 7th, 2020
Are employees still paid for public holidays if they are not working because of COVID-19? And if so, how much are they paid?
March 26th, 2020
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.
March 23rd, 2020
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.
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.
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?
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?
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Who are vulnerable employees? And what extra protection do they have under the Employment Relations Act 2000?
May 3rd, 2019
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.
April 2nd, 2019
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.
September 25th, 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.
August 31st, 2018
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...
August 31st, 2018
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...
February 1st, 2018
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.
December 5th, 2017
When asking Kiwis what their entitlements are when it comes to annual leave, holidays and resignation, the responses are generally vague. Government statistics show that over 50% of working Kiwis have held their current employment position for less than 18 months, therefore, it is imperative for employees to be familiar with employment law and employee rights.
December 5th, 2017
Using Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") methods instead of pursuing the matter in court is usually more cost effective for all the parties involved. It takes less time to resolve the dispute, and also relieves the court of cases they believe can be resolved between the parties without court assistance. This article focuses on mediation in the context of employment law and forms a part of our ADR article series.