December 2021

The Changing Nature of Work Expand article
Contract article

A recent Employment Court judgment continues a developing trend of changes as to what constitutes work; and the time during which employees are entitled to be paid (2021-NZEmpC-217-Humphreys v Humphreys and Ministry of Health).

Mr Humphreys looks after his severely disabled daughter and has done so for many years.  Mr Humphreys sought to clarify his employment status – whether he can be employed by his severely disabled daughter (as contended by the Ministry of Health) or whether the Ministry is his employer; and if so, what obligations flow from any such employment relationship.

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2021/22 Christmas/New Year Holidays – The Basics Expand article
Contract article

What are the Public Holidays?

The answer to that question will vary, depending on the individual employee’s work pattern.

This year Christmas Day and New Years’ Day fall on a Saturday and Boxing Day and 2 January fall on a Sunday, so those Public Holidays will transfer for most, but not all, employees.

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Traffic Light Orders Released Expand article
Contract article

Today 3 December, the COVID-19 Protection Framework comes into effect. The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework) Order 2021 establishes the Framework and replaces the Alert Level system.

Most of the existing rules about use of face coverings, social distancing, use of tracer App and so on continue to apply. 

In terms of crossing a border, from 15 December travellers must produce their Vaccine Pass or provide proof of a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel.

There are new requirements that relate to the use of CVCs .

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