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HR Best Practice — What's New
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This “What's New” records additions to commentary or legislation as they appear online. It also contains occasional items of general news but does not claim to be a full news service. For more comprehensive news please refer to our Alert24 news service.
11 September 2019
Commentary
The following commentary has been updated:
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official information at [2.4] and [2.4.02];
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employment income information at [3.4.03] and [3.9.01];
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savings suspensions at [3.4.06];
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family violence at [4.2], [4.6], [5.16.08], [7.4.02] and [7.11.03];
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the value of statistical life at [6.1.02(2)];
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the cases in chapter 7 have been rearranged to put the most recent cases first in each list, at [7];
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availability provisions at [7.4.04];
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warnings at [9.3.01(1)];
Cases
The following cases have been added:
4 July 2019
Commentary
The following commentary has been updated:
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official information at [2.4];
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minimum weekly wage rate for trainees at [3.3.01];
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student loan repayment threshold at [3.4.03(4)];
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KiwiSaver savings suspensions at [3.4.03(5)] and [3.9.01(2)];
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KiwiSaver employee deduction rates at [3.4.06] and [3.9.01(3)];
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who can join KiwiSaver at [3.9.01];
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accessing KiwiSaver savings at [3.9.01];
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sample policy for KiwiSaver scheme at [3.9.04(1)];
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salary statistics at [3.10];
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chapter 4 on leave has been rearranged and a sub-chapter on domestic violence leave has been added at [4.6];
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discrimination on the basis of employment status at [5.12.02(9)] and [7.2.02];
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trial periods of employment at [5.16.06] and [5.16.07(4)];
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health and safety at [6.1];
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accident compensation at [6.3];
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variations to working arrangements because of domestic violence at [7.4.02] and [7.11.03];
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meal and rest breaks at [7.4.03];
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induction training at [8.1.01]; and
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employment protection in restructuring situations at [9.5.01].
7 March 2019
Commentary
The following commentary has been updated:
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union access to workplaces at [2.10];
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wages and new employees at [3.1];
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minimum pay rates at [3.3.01];
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deductions from pay at [3.4] and sample policies for deductions from pay at [3.4.02];
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payments to Inland Revenue at [3.4.03];
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overpayments at [3.5.01];
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salary statistics at [3.10];
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employment relations education leave at [4.8.01] and union delegate paid time to represent employees at [4.8.02];
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discrimination based on employment status at [5.12.02] and [7.2.02];
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individual employment agreements at [5.16.01];
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trial periods at [5.16.06];
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accident compensation levies at [6.3.05];
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employment protection in restructuring at [9.5.01] and
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personal grievances procedures at [9.15].
13 August 2018
The following content has been updated:
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commentary has been updated with the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Act 2017 to change the duration of primary carer leave from 18 weeks to 22 weeks and to change the rate of paid parental leave to $538.55, at [4.6] and [7.11.01]
4 May 2018
The following content has been updated:
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commentary on minimum wages rates has been updated with the Minimum Wage Order 2018 at [3.3.01];
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commentary on filing of fringe benefit tax returns has been updated at [3.4.04];
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commentary on the KiwiSaver scheme and employer contributions has been updated at [3.9.01];
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Radius Residential Care Ltd v the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Inc [2016] NZEmpC 112 has been added to the commentary on employees’ attendance at union meetings at [4.9.01];
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commentary on health and safety representatives has been updated at [4.10];
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the Contracts and Commercial Law Act 2017 has been added to the commentary at [5.11.04];
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the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2016 has been added to the commentary on individual employment agreements at [5.16.01];
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commentary on probationary period has been updated at [5.16.05];
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the sample policy on what to include in written employment agreements has been updated at [5.16.07];
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commentary on ACC levies has been updated at [6.3.05];
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commentary on driver logbooks has been updated at [7.4.05];
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commentary on employment agreements and health and safety for shift workers has been updated at [7.4.06].
4 April 2017
The following content has been updated:
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commentary minimum wages rates has been updated with the Minimum Wage Order 2017 at [3.3.01];
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commentary on parental leave notice requirements has been updated with the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Regulations 2017 at [4.6.03];
15 December 2016
The following content has been updated:
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the commentary on health, safety and ACC has been completely revised and updated with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 at [6.1];
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the commentary on ACC levies and regulations has been updated at [3.4.05] and [6.3];
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s 67H of the Employment Relations Act 2000 concerning secondary employment provisions in employment agreements has been added to the commentary on restraints of trade at [2.11];
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the commentary on salary statistics has been updated at [3.1];
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the Home and Community Support (Payment for Travel Between Clients) Settlement Act 2016 has been added to the commentary on minimum wages at [3.3.03] and [3.6.02(4)];
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amendments to the Wages Protection Act 1983 have been incorporated into the commentary at [3.4];
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amendments to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987 have been added to the commentary at [4.6] and [7.11];;
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the commentary on volunteers has been updated at [4.12];
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amendments to the Immigration Act 2009 have been incorporated into the commentary at [5.10.02(1)];
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the commentary on pre-employment health screening has been updated at [5.14];
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the commentary on discrimination and an employee’s right to refuse work has been updated at [7.2];
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the commentary on shift work has been updated at [7.4.06(3)];
24 June 2016
Commentary
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The Minimum Wage Order 2016 came into force on 1 April 2016 and has increased the minimum wage for adults and starting-out workers, as well as employees on the training minimum wage. See [3.3].
22 July 2015
Updated Documents
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Commentary on union access to workplaces has been updated at [2.10].
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Commentary on use of social media by employees has been updated at [2.12].
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Commentary on protected disclosures has been updated at [2.13.02].
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Commentary on salary statistics has been updated at [3.1].
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Commentary on relocation expenses has been updated at [3.6.02].
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Commentary on superannuation has been updated at [3.9].
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Commentary on annual leave and holiday pay has been updated at [4.1]
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Commentary on working on public holidays has been updated at [4.2.02].
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Commentary on sick leave has been updated at [4.3].
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Commentary on bereavement leave has been updated at [4.4].
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Commentary on holiday and leave records has been updated at [4.5].
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Commentary on jury service has been updated at [4.11].
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Commentary on volunteers leave has been updated at [4.12].
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Commentary on parental leave and flexible working arrangements has been updated at [7.11].
9 March 2015
Updated Documents
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Commentary on deductions from wages and sample policy has been updated for the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2014 at 3.4.
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Commentary on overpayment of wages has been updated for the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2014 at 3.5.
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Commentary on individual employment agreements has been updated for the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2014 at 5.16.
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Commentary on personal grievance procedures has been updated for the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2014 at 9.15.
6 March 2015
Updated Documents
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Commentary on the employment protection provisions have been updated for the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2014 at 9.5.
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An introduction to the Health and Safety Reform Bill has been added as chapter 6A.
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Commentary on official information has been updated at 2.4.
5 February 2015
Updated Documents
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The latest salary statistics have been added from the December 2014 quarter: 3.1.
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Commentary on the IRD tax codes and fringe benefits tax has been updated, and the 2015/16 ACC levies have been added: 3.4.
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The summary of health and safety legislation has been updated: 6.1.
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The 2015/16 ACC levies have been added: 6.3.
21 January 2015
Commentary
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Reinstatement — commentary on the following case has been included at 9.15.03(4)(a): Delamere v Asaleo Care New Zealand Ltd [2015] NZERA Auckland 12
15 January 2015
Commentary
Commentary on the following case has been included:
6 January 2015
Commentary
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The contact details for the MBIE Resolution Services have been updated at 9.15.03(2).
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The contact details for the Employment Relations Authority have been updated at 9.15.03(3).
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Reinstatement — commentary on the following case has been included at 9.15.03(4)(a): McLennan v New Zealand Post Limited [2014] NZEmpC 209
28 August 2014
Commentary
Redundancy and restructuring
Commentary on the following case has been included:
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Coffey v Commissioner of Police [2014] NZERA Wellington 79, 23 July 2014 — “No less advantageous”: HRBP paragraph 9.5.07(e).
23 June 2014
Updated Documents
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The Minimum Wage Order 2014 came into force on 1 April 2014 and has increased the minimum wage for adults and starting-out workers, as well as employees on the training minimum wage: 3.3.
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The Minimum Wage Amendment Order 2014 comes into force on 26 June 2014 and amends the Minimum Wage Order 2014 by prescribing fortnightly rates of wages: 3.3.
21 January 2014
Updated Documents
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Chapter 2 Business Issues has been reviewed and updated: Chapter 2.

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