Employment Law Reforms


Published on 06 Jul 2018


The first round of employment law reforms has been announced. The main changes the Bill will introduce are:

  • Reinstating the right to prescribed rest and meal breaks (subject to exceptions for workplaces where it is not possible for workers to take breaks at the same time ie air traffic controllers);
  • Restricting 90-day trial periods to only employers of less than 20 employees;
  • Extending rights for employees in "vulnerable industries";
  • Requiring employers to notify employees of their right to review and ask for corrections of personal information; 
  • Restoring reinstatement as the primary remedy available to the Employment Relations Authority.

We will provide more details over the coming weeks, watch this space! If you have any immediate concerns give us a call 0800 383 737.




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