Managing Employee Leave Over the Christmas Period

It’s that time of year again, Christmas is upon us. Many workplaces in New Zealand will be planning their annual closedown over the Christmas period, or thinking about employee entitlements. We have set out some common questions we are often asked at this time of the year.
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Education Sector Employee Awarded $100,000.00 in Disregarded Sick Leave

In a recent Employment Court decision, Canterbury Westland Kindergarten Association Incorporated v Barnes [2020] NZEmpC 199 an employee was awarded more than $100,000.00 in disregarded sick leave caused by bullying in the workplace.
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Managing Annual Leave Over the Christmas Closedown Period

It’s that time of year again, less than one month until Christmas. Many workplaces in New Zealand will be planning their annual closedown over the Christmas period. We have set out some common questions we are often asked at this time of the year.
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Casual or Fixed Term?

2020 has been a year of upheaval for employers. Now many employers are looking for different ways to employ staff where their requirements have changed.
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Migrating to New Zealand Through the Investor Category

New Zealand's success in eliminating community transmission of the Covid-19 virus has made it a very attractive country for those interested in relocating their families to a safer home. This has increased the value of a New Zealand passport.
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High Court Finds Level 4 'Lockdown' Unlawful for First Nine Days, Considers Lawfulness of Non-Essential Business Closures

The High Court has found that the Government's announcement of an Alert Level 4 'Lockdown' for four weeks from 26 March 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic was unlawful and potentially unenforceable for the first nine days (Borrowdale v Director-General of Health [2020] NZHC 2090). The Court also reviewed the closure of all non-essential businesses, which is significant for business owners hoping to file civil liability claims for lost revenue during this period.
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Implications for Incentive Payments/Bonuses

Employment Court decision has significant implications for employers in respect of target-based incentive payments, and holiday pay entitlements over annual closedown periods. The Labour Inspectorate and Metropolitan Glass jointly filed proceedings in the Employment Court as they were unable to agree on holiday pay calculations (Metropolitan Glass and Glazing Limited v Labour Inspector, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment [2020] NZEmpC 39).
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Medicinal Cannabis - Sponsorship and Advertising

Individuals or entities who are involved or are interested in getting involved in the medicinal cannabis industry may wish to use advertising or sponsorship to increase brand recognition. An entity may also wish to advertise its products. There are currently no specific guidelines on advertising and sponsorship of medicinal cannabis. Sponsorship and advertising may, therefore, depend on compliance with the Medicines Act 1981 and whether the company supplies products which have been approved under that regime.
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Is Your Overseas 'Pre-Nup' Valid in New Zealand?

If you or someone you know has signed a Prenuptial Agreement, Premarital Agreement, Antenuptial Contract or Contracting Out Agreement in a country outside of New Zealand, then you/ they should find out if and how that Agreement applies in New Zealand. Irrespective of where these types of documents are signed, they generally have a similar purpose; that being to determine the status, ownership and value of assets at the start and end of a couple's relationship. But, are they valid when you have moved away from the country of signing?
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Recent Decision by Employment Relations Authority Concerning Wage Reductions and the Government Wage Subsidy

During the Alert Level 4 New Zealand Lockdown ("Lockdown") we saw many businesses reduce employee wages and apply for the Government Wage Subsidy due to the effect of Covid-19.
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