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7 July 2020

There has been a lot of media coverage recently regarding tragic workplace fatalities in New Zealand. This year alone WorkSafe reported 25 work-related deaths. In the wake of these deaths there have been several calls for better investigations into the incidents and harsher penalties for those found guilty. More ...

8 June 2020

We are approaching the mid-point of 2020. While a lot has happened over the last few months, and much has changed, the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court has continued to function and issue decisions.

The are some recent decisions that are of note for both employers and employees. More ...

6 May 2020

Over the last six weeks, more New Zealanders than ever have been working from home in a cultural shift that has been seen all over the world. Time Magazine called the COVID-19 outbreak "the World's Largest Work-From-Home Experiment".

There are roughly one million "safe" workers already back at work under Level 3, increasing from around 500,000 "essential" workers who were in the workplace in Lockdown. More ...

16 April 2020

As we all settle into the routines of lockdown, practices and routines in the workplace are also changing.

Workplaces will either have shifted to remote working, or if they are essential, would have implemented social distancing and hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

As these changes have been implemented, many workplaces would have undoubtedly experienced disruption, frustration and most likely some technical difficulties. More ...

20 March 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has required many life-style changes

Within a matter of weeks people have found themselves required to stay home for self-isolation, or requested to stay home as part of social distancing. More ...

30 January 2020

Whether certain workers are employees or independent contractors has become a hot topic in the era of the gig economy.

Courts and Tribunals around the world faced this issue in respect of Uber, with varying findings. Courts in a number of US states determined Uber drivers were employees while the Fair Work Ombudsmen in Australia found the drivers were contractors. In the UK, the Employment Tribunal threw a further alternative into the debate, finding that Uber drivers fell into a middle ground category of "workers" which entitles them to some minimum entitlements like minimum wage and paid holidays.

This classification issue is not a new one and can have very wide-ranging consequences. 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.

Employment insecurity?

In these difficult economic times, the team at Cullen knows that you may be feeling stressed and vulnerable. We would like to offer employees an affordable fixed rate for an initial consultation to discuss your situation.
To access this special rate of $150+GST please email enquiries@cullenlaw.co.nz

Cullen - The Employment Law Firm and Women's Refuge are partnering to bring your business an understanding of the effects of domestic violence and the new laws assisting victims of domestic violence at work. Contact us to discuss your needs.

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