Employment Law

On 23 August 2021, the Government announced its decision to formally require most businesses to keep contact tracing records at all alert levels. These requirements come into force at 11.59pm on 7 September 2021.

In addition to the more well-known financial support systems in place there are other avenues available to assist employers to pay employees who are impacted by COVID-19.

We recap the key tips and takeaways for employers who are likely to be impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown.

Employment Law

The Government has issued a completely new order that sets out the restrictions (and exceptions) for what Level 4 looks like.

The key issue - whether an Employer was obligated to pay employees the minimum wage.

On 18 August 2020, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced additional funding for a targeted extension of the Wage Subsidy Scheme.

On 14 May 2020 the Finance Minister announced additional funding of up to $3.2 billion for a targeted extension of the Wage Subsidy Scheme.

Wage Subsidy Scheme - We advise care when dealing with employees, and encourage employers to seek advice where needed.

Minimising the spread of COVID-19 within workplaces is important to ensure employees are kept safe and well at work, while also ensuring other obligations are met.

Employment Law

On 5 December 2018 the Employment Relations Act Amendment Bill was passed, bringing changes to employment law in New Zealand. While the majority of these changes will come into effect on 6 May 2019, some of the changes are already in force following the Bill being given Royal assent on 12 December 2018. The Domestic Violence Victims’ Protection Act 2018 also comes into effect on 1 April 2019.