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Law change to protect workers' Christmas leave Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 00:00
Below is an excert from NZ Herald, August 17 2010

The Government is going to change the Holidays Act to make sure workers don't lose four days' leave when firms shut their doors over Christmas and New Year.

Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said yesterday the Employment Court recently ruled that when a firm routinely closed over the Christmas and New Year period, employees were not legally entitled to the public holidays that fell within that time and would have to use annual leave to cover those days instead.

"The Christmas and New Year holidays are an established feature of the New Zealand summer," Ms Wilkinson said.

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Does Size Matter? Print E-mail
Monday, 19 July 2010 00:00

Below is an excert from NZ Herald, July 19 2010

When the 90 day probationary period Bill was introduced, many people got hot under the collar. There were those that were thrilled.

They were predominantly employers who favoured the proposal on the basis that it would give them the opportunity to hire employees, they might not otherwise hire, without fear of a personal grievance and the associated costs.

Some employees likely saw merit in it as well; on the basis that it might afford them employment opportunities they might otherwise have missed out on.

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