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Employment law's ever-changing landscape is seeing another raft of new and upcoming changes.

If you are an employer or an employee, you could potentially be affected by some or all of these. Here is a quick run-down on what to expect:


Changes to medical certificate requirements - effective 31 January 2018

Amendments to the Holidays Act 2003 allow employees to obtain proof of sickness (medical certificate) from a range of health professionals, not just doctors.

The amendment replaces "medical practitioner" with "health practitioner", meaning health practitioners who are registered with an authority (as recognized under Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003) have the ability to issue medical certificates for sick leave purposes.

These include but not limited to:

  • Dental Council

  • Medical Council

  • Chiropractic Board

  • Nursing Council

  • Midwifery Council

  • Podiatrists Board


Minimum wage increases - effective 1 April 2018

The minimum wage rate will increase by .75 cents to $16.50 per hour.


Parental leave increases - effective 1 July 2018

Parental leave increases from 18 to 22 weeks. The Government is planning to increase this to 26 weeks in 2020.


Other areas of change on the horizon ...

  • Limiting the use of 90-day trial period to employers with less than 20 workers

  • Reintroducing the right to rest and meal breaks

  • Restoring reinstatement as the primary remedy when an employee has been unjustifiably dismissed

  • Statutory redundancy compensation in order to protect workers affected by restructuring

  • Extending the application of NZ employment law to all employees working in New Zealand, including foreign workers employed by foreign companies


This is of course a very brief overview, so if you would like to discuss how any of these changes may affect your personal circumstances, drop us an email - we would be glad to assist.


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