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14 Employee Claims Articles

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, volunteers or employees?

Recent Labour Inspectorate investigations found New Zealand employers are taking advantage of schemes such as Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOFers). These schemes generally involve seeking travellers working for free in exchange for accommodation, and sometimes food.
Many employers were incorrectly treating such workers as volunteers in order to save ...

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Are your employment agreements compliant?

Last year saw significant changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 in relation to agreed hours of work, availability provisions, and zero hour contracts. Employment agreements must be complaint with the new provisions by 1 April 2017.

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Employment Law Update - Changes are coming

The Employment Standards Legislation Bill passed its third reading on 10 March 2016 and includes a raft of changes designed to prevent unfair employment practices and strengthen enforcement of employment standards. Find out what this could mean for you.

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