Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Employment Relations Act Passage Bad News for Retail Sector

6 December 2018


Retail NZ says that the passage of the Employment Relations Bill is bad news for business and employees throughout New Zealand.

"The abolition of the 90 day trial for large employers will have the perverse effect of reducing opportunities for those Kiwis most in need of opportunity," Greg Harford, Retail NZ's General Manager for Public Affairs said today.

"The 90 day trial period has been successful at creating opportunity for marginalised workers who would probably not otherwise be employable. Taking on a new employee carries significant costs and risks for an employer, and this means that hiring managers are strongly incentivised not to take risks. All the 90 day trial does is allow employers to take a risk when employing someone who has a chequered history. If someone interviews well, but has performed poorly in a previous role; or perhaps has a criminal past; then in the absence of a 90 day trial they're not likely to be offered a job, or a chance to prove themselves.

"While it's good that the 90 day trial will be retained for small businesses that employ fewer than 20 people, the reality is that only 30 per cent of businesses fall into this category. In the retail sector, over 70 per cent of all jobs are in larger businesses. Those firms will be less likely to take a chance on a new employee under the new rules.

"The passage of the Bill shows that the Government is not interested in helping to create opportunities for marginalised workers."


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Spying On Politicians, Activists, Iwi, Quake Victims: "Failings Across Public Service"

A State Services Commission investigation into the use of external security consultants by government agencies has uncovered failings across the public service, including breaches of the code of conduct...

However, the inquiry found no evidence of widespread inappropriate surveillance by external security consultants on behalf of government agencies. More>>

 

Doesn’t Compromise Sovereignty: NZ To Back UN Migration Compact

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand will support the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration after being satisfied fears about the document are unfounded. More>>

ALSO:

Children's Commissioner: Child Poverty Law "Historic Cause For Celebration"

...It represents a cross-party commitment to a fundamental shift of policy for our most disadvantaged children and should help undo 30 years of damage to children from our most vulnerable families. More>>

ALSO:

Dope News: Binding Cannabis Referendum To Be Held At 2020 Election

The referendum on cannabis for personal use is part of Labour's confidence and supply agreement with the Greens. It could be one of potentially three referenda - decisions have yet to be made about euthanasia and changes to electoral laws. More>>

ALSO:

Vic: Victoria University Name Change Rejected

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has declined Victoria University of Wellington Council’s application for a legal name change. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post-Cab 17/12/18: Chief Justice, M Bovis

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's final post-cabinet press conference of the year focussed on announcing the appointment of Helen Winkelmann as the next Chief Justice, and an update on effort to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission Issues Paper: Use Of DNA In Criminal Investigations

In the 22 years since the Act came into force, it has become clear that the modern-day fingerprint analogy is increasingly inapt... Theoretically, whole genome sequencing could ultimately become the standard method of analysing a DNA sample. Such a development will give a new perspective on the concept of genetic surveillance in the criminal context. More>>

State Highways: $1.4 Billion For Road Safety Improvements

The Safe Network Programme will make 870 kilometres of high volume, high-risk State Highways safer by 2021 with improvements like median and side barriers, rumble strips, and shoulder widening. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels