Notes on Employment Law

August 18, 2008

Tony Veitch and TVNZ

Some six weeks before being charged with assault and injuring with reckless disregard, Tony Veitch resigned from his positions with TVNZ and Radio Sport. The relevations in the media about a violent incident some years ago and his own admissions in relation to this matter had probably made his position untenable in any case, but […]

February 27, 2008

Performance Related Dismissals

I recently read a report from the US about an employer who refused to let a worker’s parent be present at a “termination meeting” that she had called to deal with some “performance issues”. That is quite interesting from a NZ perspective. Here, caselaw under the Employment Relations Act has made it quite clear that […]

December 14, 2007

Xmas Party Disasters – Employment Law

Deck the halls with boughs of holly – tis the season to be jolly. And quite often to behave very badly when alcohol and the informal situation of a Staff Xmas function combine to lower inhibitions. People can do or say embarassing things that they (and often the person they do or say them to) […]

November 23, 2007

Flexible working hours – New Employment Law

The Green’s new Bill establishing a statutory right for employees caring for dependants to ask for flexible working hours to accommodate their domestic circumstances is an interesting development in NZ Employment Law. The proposed bill will not require employers to agree to flexible working arrangements, but it will require the employer to give consideration as […]