It is not April Fools joke- employment law changes on April 1st 2011


Legislative Changes – 1 April 2011

As of 1 April, legislative amendments will come into force and these changes are no practical joke.

The 2010 amendments to the Employment Relations Act and Holidays Act are due to come into effect on 1 April 2011. So what are these changes?

Employment Relations Act 2000
• The Act now encompasses a 90-day probation period: new employees may not bring a personal grievance if they are dismissed during this trial period.
• The test for justified dismissal has changed from what a reasonable employer “would” do, to what a reasonable employer “could” do.
• Union officials must now obtain employer consent to enter a workplace. The employer must respond within two working days and cannot unreasonably withhold consent.
• Employers may now communicate ‘in good faith’ with their employees during collective bargaining
• Labour Inspectors will now have a “more judicial mode of operation”.

About drintegrity

I am the director of IntegrityWorks, a company specialising in small business employment matters -getting the paper work right. We are aligned with Buckett Law- the employment law experts, and will help you get your small business employment agreements and performance managment systems in place. I am also the employment relations consultant to the CEO of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation

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