Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Commonsense could be unlawful under new law



Media release

8 November 2007


Commonsense could be unlawful under new law

Employees who ask informally for changes to their working hours may be acting unlawfully, as a result of a new law set to be passed by Parliament shortly, says Business NZ.

The Employment Relations (Flexible Working Arrangements) Amendment Bill which passed its committee stages in Parliament yesterday, allows employees to make written requests of their employers for a change to their working arrangements in order to discharge caring responsibilities at home. 

Mr O'Reilly said that the requirement to make requests in writing could mean that informal requests would breach the law.

"At present, employers and employees all around the country have a perfectly commonsense approach to changes in working hours – they just discuss it and agree on it informally, person to person.

“Now a written, bureaucratic approach is needed - this is not progress.

“Moreover, with this new law, it may actually be unlawful to do it informally.  This point needs urgent clarification.  We would hate to see confusion in the workplace caused by poorly drafted law.

"The process required by this new law is in fact anything but flexible.  It will be more work than before", he said.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Government: David McLean Appointed As KiwiRail Chair

David McLean has been appointed as Chair of KiwiRail Holdings Ltd, the Minister for State Owned Enterprises Dr David Clark and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson announced today... More>>

Dairy NZ: ‘More Milk From Fewer Cows’ Trend Continues In A Record Year
Vodafone says it has 10,000 customers using its Wi-Fi Calling service. It took less than three months to reach that milestone; the service began operating in September... More>>

Statistics: Consents Remain At Record Levels
There were 47,715 new homes consented in the year ended October 2021, up 26 percent compared with the year ended October 2020, Stats NZ said today. "The year ended October 2021 marks another record for the annual number of new homes consented,” construction statistics manager Michael Heslop said... More>>

Fonterra: Lifts Forecast Farmgate Milk Price Range And Revises Earnings Guidance At First Quarter Update

Fonterra Co-operative Group today lifted its 2021/22 forecast Farmgate Milk Price range, reported a solid start to the 2022 financial year and revised its earnings guidance... More>>

Canterbury Museum: New Research - Bald Haast's Eagle Feasted On Moa Guts

New Zealand’s extinct Haast’s Eagle (Hieraaetus moorei), the largest known eagle, gulped down viscera like a vulture and may even have been bald, new research suggests... More>>

ABC Business Sales: Demand High For Covid-proof Businesses
Despite the continuing challenges facing businesses in this Covid environment, right now there are more buyers looking for a small-medium sized business than there are sellers in the market... More>>

PriceSpy: Producer Prices Increase
New Black Friday and Covid-19 Report* released by PriceSpy says people’s fear of stepping inside physical shops during big sales events like Black Friday has risen since last year; Kiwis are still planning to shop, but more than ever will do it online this year... More>>