There can be no doubt that all employers have a duty to provide conditions of employment that allow people to be, and stay, healthy. However, there is no cut and dried demarcation when it comes to the question of whether an employer can make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for its employees. This is a developing… Read More.

The days of smoking inside a crowded bar, in airplanes or in the work lunchroom are long gone. While smokers were pushed outside in the 1990s for the safety of others, New Zealand has been undecided until recently on how to treat people who vape. Employers are obliged to take all reasonably practicable steps to… Read More.

2020 was a challenging year for employers with the COVID-19 alert level restrictions, concerns about workplace safety and continued confusion about the application of the Holidays Act 2003. In this article we will address some trends we have seen in recent Employment Law cases and take a look at what issues we are likely to… Read More.

The lead up to Christmas and the New Year is when employers often look ahead to their staffing needs for the new year. Often, it is at this time that employers identify employment issues. It might be an employee who's not performing, it may be a need to run a different staffing structure, or an… Read More.

For many of us, the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown was the first experience of what it is like to work from home. Some are now exploring the possibility of continuing this either in a flexible or permanent capacity. In this article we explore some of the key considerations for employers and employees looking at… Read More.

We’ll look back at 2020 as a year defined by COVID-19. Despite the challenging nature of the economic landscape we have endured (and will continue to manage during this recovery phase), the reality is that employers’ obligations to their employees remain intact. This of course extends to redundancies. The starting point – considering whether redundancies… Read More.

The landscape is changing, with medicinal cannabis now legalised and an upcoming referendum testing the appetite for the legalisation of personal use of cannabis. So, what is the impact on drug testing in the workplace, and the systems that employers already have in place? The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations 2019 came into force… Read More.

It can be a difficult situation when an employee is affected by a new illness or injury and this is having an impact on that employee’s ability to be at work or perform their job. There are not only immediate obligations on employers where an employee is affected (such as site safety), but also wider… Read More.