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Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage

By Anneke Reid  |  September 24, 2020 The Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill (No 2) (“the Bill”) was introduced to Parliament on 27 June 2019 by Labour MP Ginny Andersen. The Bill proposes to remove the ambiguity in the current wording of the Holidays Act 2003 (“the Act”), regarding how bereavement leave applies to miscarriages and still-births. Currently, employees are entitled to bereavement leave on the death of a child, but it is unclear whether this extends to a miscarriage or still-birth.

Preventing or Restricting Employees from Secondary Employment

January 23, 2020 For some employees, working two different jobs during the same period of time (secondary employment) is attractive, possibly for financial reasons or to provide more variety to their work experience. However, the risks to employers when an employee works for another party as well can be significant. The employee may, inadvertently or intentionally, share confidential, and/or commercially sensitive information belonging to the employer with their other party/colleagues, jeopardise the employer’s reputation, or become dangerously fatigued and create a health and safety risk for the employer.

Domestic Violence Leave and Flexibility

By Anneke Reid  |  October 02, 2019 The Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Act 2018 (“the Act”) came into force on 1 April 2019. The Act adds legal protections in the workplace for people affected by domestic violence. It gives employees affected by domestic violence the right to take up to 10 days’ paid domestic violence leave per year (after the employee has completed 6 months’ current continuous employment). This leave is separate from annual, sick and bereavement leave. Employees may also request (or have requested on their behalf), a short-term flexible working arrangement (2 months or less) which may include varied days, hours, duties and place of work.

Employment Law Update

March 12, 2019 Restrictions on the use of 90 day trial periods, regulated meal breaks and updates as a result of the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018

Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage

August 27, 2018 Labour MP Ginny Anderson’s new members’ bill, the Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill (“the Bill”) was drawn from the ballot and introduced to the House earlier this month.