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Employers Newsletter Nov 2023

Published 12 Nov 2023
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Staff After Hours Availability

Asking or requiring staff to be available or 'on call' outside their usual hours of work, which are specified in their employment agreement is referred to as an 'availability period'. While this is legally permitted, there are however rules and legal considerations that apply to these types of arrangements in order for them to be lawful. 
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Challenging ACC Decisions – Work-related Personal Injuries

Where an Employee has suffered a 'work-related personal injury' that prevents them from working, the Employer must pay the Employee their first week of compensation equal to 80% of their usual pay without deducting sick leave. If there is a good basis to indicate that an Employee may not have suffered the injury at work, the Employer may want to challenge that decision....full story

Proposed KiwiSaver changes Bill

Employment Relations (Protection for KiwiSaver Members) Amendment Bill is open for public submissions. Labour MP Tracey McLellan seeks to stop a 'Total Remuneration Package' approach for parties in the employment relationship....full story

Public Holiday Xmas dates 2023

If you haven't started planning your upcoming xmas staffing requirements and holidays here's a list of the upcoming Public Holidays for the holiday season ahead and 2024....full story

Reminder - No 90 Day Trials for migrant workers

As part of Immigration New Zealand's (INZ) 'Migrant Work Exploitation Programme' the use of 90 Day Trial Periods is now banned for any migrant worker employed under the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) since 29 October 2023....full story