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February 2011 Newsletter

Published 01 Feb 2011
This Issue


  • April 1st many Employment Law Changes;
  • July 1st Employment Law Change;
  • Sept 9th to October 24th the Rugby World Cup;
  • November 26th the Election.
It will be beneficial for employers to give serious consideration to some of the effects the events listed above will have on their businesses....full story

The Test of Justification (Dismissal)

Don't Be Caught Out When Performing A Justified Dismissal – The Law Has Changed
A decision by the Employment Relations Authority has changed the criteria for justified dismissal...full story

Public Holiday Payments Calculation Method

Incoming calls to Employers Assistance Ltd's Hotline highlight the confusion over Public Holidays and who is entitled to what...full story

Employment Law Seminars

Come to our seminars and learn in all about the current law changes and how they affect your situation. The seminars will be held nation wide and are being run in February and March. The Seminars are free to ESP members ($45 plus GST for non members). Bring a friend for free!

Minimum Wage Increase

The Minister of Labour has announced increases to the minimum wage rates, effective from April 1 2011. The adult minimum wage will increase from $12.75 to $13.00. The training and new entrants' minimum wages will increase from $10.20 to $10.40. According to the Minister, the increases together with last year's tax cut have maintained the buying power of their wages. If you would like more detailed information on how the minimum wage is applied...full story

Definition of "Discretionary Payment" after 1st April 2011

It is recommended that employers review any discretionary incentive schemes in view of the new statutory definition under the Holidays Amendment Act...full story

"Sleep Over" (Caregivers) Employees' Payments

The Court Of Appeal has ruled that disability support staff are working when they do the sleepover shifts and must be paid the minimum wage for every hour they are there. ...full story

Drug & Alcohol Workshop

Employers Assistance Ltd is hosting a series of Drug & Alcohol advanced training workshops, presented by Drug Free Sites. They are designed for Managers and Supervisors. The next one will be held on Thursday March 24th, 2011 in Albany, from 10am to 3:30pm.