Increase to employees' sick leave entitlements

By Anneke Reid  |  May 20, 2021 This week Parliament passed the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill, (“the Bill”) increasing employees’ annual sick leave entitlement from five days to 10 days, which was one of Labour’s 2020 election promises.

Privacy Act 2020

By Anneke Reid  |  May 20, 2021 The Privacy Bill received Royal Assent last year to become the Privacy Act 2020 and came into force on 1 December 2020. The Privacy Act 2020 (“the Act”) has overhauled New Zealand’s privacy law from 1993 and brought it into the 21st century. While significant sections of the Act remain the same as its predecessor, the Act does contain several significant changes to New Zealand’s privacy laws.

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.