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12 June 2018

Unprecedentedly high compensation awards have been made in the employment jurisdiction in recent months. Not only are greater amounts are being awarded, an entirely new approach of awarding compensation on the basis of low, mid-range, and high level loss or damage to the employee is being applied. While these changes look promising for potential employee claimants, it is certainly a worrying trend for employers.  More ...


17 April 2018

It is important for employees to have the opportunity for rest and recreation and it’s important to employers that they don’t have to pay for that rest twice! Employers have the responsibility to ensure that they are providing the correct annual leave entitlements to their employees.

The general rule in the Holidays Act is that an employee is entitled to at least four weeks’ annual leave after 12 months continuous employment. However, an alternative ‘pay-as-you-go’ arrangement is allowed, but only where the employee is employed for a fixed term of less than 12 months or they work such intermittent or irregular hours that it is impracticable for the employer to provide them four weeks’ annual leave. More ...


9 March 2018

Labour’s election campaign featured numerous promises to tilt employment standards back in favour of employees. The Labour government introduced has now a Bill to amend the Employment Relations Act and make good on those promises.

Labour’s changes to employment law are intended to introduce greater fairness in the workplace between employees and employers, in order to promote productive employment relationships. The Bill is now before the Select Committee. Time is still available for members of the public to make submissions before the 30 March 2018 deadline.  More ...


Cullen - The Employment Law Firm was one of the first eleven law firms in New Zealand approved to provide employment law services to Government and the public sector.

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