Our lawyers keep up with the latest trends and issues in New Zealand law and business, and regularly publish articles and reports on current topics.
Workplace relations policy often becomes a political football around election time with parties towards the “left” of the political spectrum ordinarily promoting enhanced workers rights vs. the more “right” leaning parties being more concerned with business interests. With advance voting now having opened, we examine some of the parties’ plans for reforming the employment laws.
All workplaces in New Zealand need to comply with the new Health and Safety at Work Act. Existing health and safety systems will need updating across low risk and high risk industries, ranging from small businesses to large corporates. Directors and senior managers have non-delegable duties and personal liability.
New Zealand’s Health and Safety legislation is undergoing a major overhaul in response to a renewed
focus on the safety in the workplace. The review was spurred, in part, by the Pike River tragedy and the well-publicised record of the Forestry Industry. The changes will align New Zealand’s approach with Australia’s current law and provide some hefty disincentives to taking a lax approach to Health and Safety.
We have briefly summarised the key changes for you below. Some of them are already in force, but the major changes are scheduled to become active in mid-late 2015