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#metoo

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has set up a register to record allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace. This comes following a direction from the Women’s Minister, Julie Anne Genter, in the broader social context of the #metoo movement.

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Pay your employees, or pay the price

Last week the Employment Court found retailer Smiths City Group Limited (Smiths City) has breached the Minimum Wage Act 1983 by failing to pay employees for morning meetings held before the store opens. Smiths City are required to conduct an audit to quantify the cost of non-compliance, and then make ...

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WWOOFers - an update.

Last year, the Labour Inspectorate undertook a series of investigations and found that volunteers and WWOOFers (the popular scheme where travellers work in exchange for food and lodging), were, in fact, employees. At the time we published some advice, which has recently been confirmed in an Employment Relations Authority (ERA ...

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Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 has teeth

If it wasn’t clear beforehand, it should be clear now – the penalties being handed out for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) are large, and could cripple a business, particularly small operators. There are likely to be companies that will cease trading as a result ...

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Is my business on the list?

In April last year, INZ introduced a compulsory stand-down for “non-compliant employers”. This is now beginning to have a significant effect on a number of employers.

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Santa's annual legal queries

As you all know, boys and girls, Cavell Leitch advise the most important clients. This includes a certain Christmas celebrity! Every year, about this time, Santa needs a little bit of last minute advice, which we are always happy to provide. Here is a summary of the advice he needed ...

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Calling the shots on disciplinary issues in sport

We Kiwis love our sport, and amateur and community sports clubs are the backbone of our communities. However, largely run by volunteers, the rules and regulations of the game, and importantly the enforcement of those rules and regulations, can be grossly inconsistent between and within codes. This is perhaps best ...

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