December 2018 Update
December 2018 update
This is our last newsletter for 2018. Thank you for your ongoing support and for all the calls and emails to ask questions or simply talk things through, we love hearing from you so please continue to be in touch.
Employment Relations Act changes
We have been waiting for detail on changes to the Employment Relations Act introduced by the coalition Government. Last week they passed their third reading in Parliament, most of the changes will come into force on 6 May 2019.
- The 90-day trial period will be restricted to employers with fewer than 20 employees.
- Changes to sections relating to the continuity of employment if an employee’s work is affected by restructuring.
- Restoring prescribed rest and meal breaks with a limited exception for workers in essential services.
- Reinstatement will be restored as the primary remedy for unjustified dismissal. (Comes into force the day after royal assent).
Further protection for employees in vulnerable industries. (Comes into force the day after royal assent).
Take time to breathe
Christmas is fast approaching, and we would like to encourage you all to take a deep breath. Love it or hate it, Christmas causes stress. Staff might feel the pressure and place unrealistic expectations on themselves which affects their performance or behaviour. As an employer you may need to be more understanding towards staff and pick your battles. Although it is tempting to try to tidy up all outstanding issues before year end, it may not be realistic. Employers are always judged by their actions and whether these are deemed to be fair and reasonable at the time, so count to ten and give us a call.
Other recent articles
3 June 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced an enormous number of changes on the way we all live and work within a very short time. It hasn’t been easy and a full economic and social recovery may take years. But for many individuals and workplaces, the lockdown also provides an opportunity to review the way they work and reassess their options for when things get back to some sort of normality.
13 May 2020
Most of the country heaved a collective sigh of relief at the news that we are moving to Level 2 from 11.59pm tonight. At Level 2 we would expect that all our practices will be open, perhaps not at their pre-Covid level, but they will be seeing patients and clients.
23 April 2020
While our subscribers who were classified as essential services during Level 4 will have developed processes to deliver their services under the Covid 19 restrictions, moving to level 3 takes the focus off essential and moves to ‘safe’.
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