Entries by MDJLAW

Recent privacy and employment law (and COVID-19) updates – August 2020

Over the past few weeks there have been a number of significant developments affecting employers, including introduction of new privacy and employment legislation, and the first (of likely many) cases dealing with employers reducing wages to 80% without consent during lockdown.  Information about these are set out below. New privacy legislation New privacy legislation was […]

COVID-19 – Moving to Level 2

COVID-19 Newsletter #5 – Moving to Level 2 – What you need to know about “Playing it Safe” (12 May 2020) The Government has announced that New Zealand will move to Level 2 in stages, starting this week.  Retail, malls, gyms, and cinemas can open from 14 May, schools from 18 May, and bars from […]

COVID-19 – Level 3 Update

COVID-19 Newsletter #4 – Moving to Level 3 – What you need to know New Zealand is (currently) moving to Level 3 at 11.59pm on Monday 27 April. The guidance from the Government on this Level indicates that there are some businesses that may reopen if they can operate safely. The Government has also indicated […]

COVID-19 – Essential Workers Leave Scheme

COVID-19 Newsletter #3 – Essential Workers Leave Scheme – What you need to know The Government’s COVID-19 response has introduced new support for essential businesses to pay their employees who cannot work. We outline the main features of this scheme below as a general guide. This information is correct at the time of issue, however […]


NEWSLETTER #2 – EMPLOYMENT IN the COVID-19 ERA Changes to COVID-19 Subsidies – What you need to know The Government’s COVID-19 response has evolved since our last newsletter on this topic dated 18 March 2020. We’ve put together some FAQs to guide you through the changing landscape.   This is correct as at time of issue, […]

COVID-19 Government Support – What you may be eligible for as employer

You have probably seen that the Government has announced a COVID-19 package. Assistance is applicable in two scenarios: you are significantly impacted to pay wages because of the economic impact (30% or more revenue reduction), or your employees are absent from work because of COVID-19. Am I eligible? You will be eligible for the subsidies […]

March 2020 – References – it pays to check

Whether you are asked to provide or are seeking a reference, a recent Human Rights Review Tribunal decision confirms that care is needed.  Director of Human Rights Proceedings v Katui Early Childhood Leaning Centre Limited [2019] NZHRRTinvolved an employee (Ms A) who thought she had secured a job at Waatea Early Childhood Centre, and so […]

Availability provisions – Postal Workers Union of Aotearoa Inc v New Zealand Post Ltd (July 2019)

An ‘availability provision’ is a provision in an employment agreement which requires an employee to make themselves available for work on top of their usual hours of work.  Reasonable compensation is required for this availability. In the recent Postal Workers case, the Court was required to decide whether NZ Post could require delivery agents (essentially […]

Significant change has arrived (May 2019)

As you may have heard, Parliament has been busy on the employment law front.  In this update, we summarise the main changes you should to be aware of: Employment Relations Act: 90 day trial periods: as of 6 May 2019, these can only be used by employers with 19 or fewer employees. Probationary periods (which […]