COVID-19: THE FURLOUGH DEBATE

18 May 2020 – to furlough... or not to furlough As redundancies become the next anticipated COVID-19 employment surge, keeping staff on extended leave to avoid redundancy may be a fairer and more commercially savvy option. Is furloughing better for job retention than the wage subsidy? BuckettLaw is currently experiencing a surge in redundancy consultations. [...]

COVID-19: EMPLOYEE VS. CONTRACTOR

14 May 2020 – Good win for the COVID-19 heroes Employers versus independent contractors case (Parcel Express and Mr Leota) opens the floodgates. A well-timed Employment Court decision confirms that courier drivers are employees and not independent contractors. Whilst the Court said the case was confined to the facts the case will have serious consequences [...]

COVID-19 AND REDUNDANCY

30 April 2020 – COVID-19 and Redundancy A frequent question that is being asked of our practitioners – “Can I still undertake restructure and/or redundancy activities if I have drawn a wage subsidy?” Yes – within boundaries.  Businesses can still undertake restructuring and implement redundancies in the COVID-19 environment. However, that right is still subject to [...]

COVID-19 EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

New Essential Workers Leave Scheme: On Thursday 2 April the government announced a new essential worker leave scheme to take effect on Monday 6 April 2020 (midday). The objective of the scheme is to ensure that workers in essential business who need to stay home (isolate) are still receiving income when they are able and [...]

DO YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER YOUR ANNUAL LEAVE?

As we enter the Christmas season many will be thinking about their annual leave. Most employees know they are entitled to at least four weeks’ paid leave. A purpose of the Holidays Act 2003 is to promote work-life balance and provide an opportunity for ‘rest and recreation.’ It is a reward for the hard work [...]
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Porirua City & wider North Wellington Area.
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Hamilton, Taupo & wider Waikato Region.
Tauranga, Rotorua & wider Bay of Plenty Region.
Gisborne.
Auckland.

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