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

 

Employment Relations Amendment Bill Closing

Employment Relations Amendment Bill Closing


BusinessNZ urges businesses to make a submission on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill before the closing date of Good Friday.

The Bill introduces changes to the Employment Relations Act to support collective bargaining and the role of unions in the workplace.

BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope says the proposed changes have the potential to reduce businesses’ flexibility and productivity, and firms should have their say on the optimal employment relations settings for their business.

"Many successful features of our current employment relations framework have come about through hard-won changes to employment law over a period of years.

"Business will not want to lose settings that support high-performing businesses and contribute to economic growth.

"A number of provisions in the Amendment Bill require close scrutiny to ensure they do not harm the growth prospects of businesses and communities."

He said provisions that required scrutiny included:

- Restricting the 90-day trial period to businesses with fewer than 20 employees

- Requiring all staff to get meal and rest breaks at statutory times

- Compulsion on employers to take part in multi-employer collective bargaining

- Compulsion on employers to reach agreement on a collective agreement regardless of bargaining terms

- Allowing union access to the workplace without prior employer consent

Submissions on the Amendment Bill can be made here on www.parliament.govt.nz


ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Reserve Bank: RBNZ To Implement $30bn Large Scale Asset Purchase Programme Of NZ Govt Bonds

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has decided to implement a Large Scale Asset Purchase programme (LSAP) of New Zealand government bonds. The negative economic implications of the coronavirus outbreak have continued to intensify. The Committee ... More>>

ALSO:

Elevate NZ: Venture Fund To Lift Productivity

The Government’s new $300 million venture capital fund - announced in last year’s Budget – is now open for business as the Elevate NZ Venture Fund. Finance Minister Grant Robertson says lifting New Zealand's productivity requires well-functioning ... More>>

ALSO:


COVID-19: Case Confirmed In NZ – Expert Reaction

After spreading across the globe for months, the first case of COVID-19 has been reported in New Zealand. The Ministry of Health says the risk of a community outbreak is low, due to their preparedness and the high awareness of the disease. The Science ... More>>

ALSO:

Agriculture: New Legislation To Boost Organics

New organics legislation will boost consumer confidence and help grow an innovative sector, says Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Organics Product Bill, introduced to Parliament this week, aims to increase consumer confidence when purchasing ... More>>

ALSO:

Biodiversity Policy: Misinformation Circulating

Forest & Bird is concerned at misinformation circulating regarding a policy statement aimed at protecting New Zealand’s unique biodiversity. The National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity is being consulted on by the ... More>>

ALSO: