COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment (STAP)

Government has announced another payment to ease the consequences of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment is available for businesses, including self-employed people, to help pay their employees who cannot work from home while they wait for a COVID-19 test result. Read more here

Bill to clarify Holidays Act and PLEPA

The Regulatory Systems (Workforce) Amendment Bill (No 2), which aims to amend the Employment Relations Act 2000, the Holidays Act 2003, and the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987, (PLEPA) has passed its second reading in Parliament.  Read more here

Employment law news

A recent decision of the Privacy Commissioner deals with the use of cameras and voice recordings in work vehicles.  It’s a timely reminder of employees’ rights to privacy while at work.  It will also help employers review their use of surveillance equipment to ensure compliance with the Privacy Act.  Read more