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Newsletter January, 2021

New Zealand Employment Court’s decision on the case of a self-employed for a platform company

January, 2021
  • The Employment Court examined the terms of the Service Agreement, the intention of the parties and the relationship operated in practice.
  • It ruled against the classification of the complainant as an employee of Uber
Newsletter December, 2020

New Zealand aims at changing the “Fair Pay Agreement” system

December, 2020
  • In 2018, the Government of New Zealand commenced internal discussions on the establishment of a “Fair Pay Agreement system”, a system combining simultaneously collective negotiations and the establishment of minimum legal employment standards.
  • The legislation is currently discussed among social partners and received important criticism for de facto imposing collective negotiations.
Newsletter July, 2020

New Zealand modifies legislation to favour business sustainability and collective agreements’ ratification

July, 2020
  • New Zealand corporate and commercial property laws were temporarily reformed to increase the prospect of business surviving;
  • Employment and industrial relations regulations were reformed to include electronic means of signing collective agreements.
Newsletter May, 2020

Examples of Essential Services Exempted from Suspension

May, 2020
  • Specific laws were enacted in France, New Zealand, Ontario (Canada) and South Africa containing a list of essential services that could continue operating during the pandemic.
  • Employment services were considered essential in France, New Zealand and Ontario.
  • Employers’ organisations were included in the list in New Zealand.

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