Employment Law changes – Are you finding it hard to keep up with all the HR paperwork required to keep your processes legally compliant and optimised?
Legislation around the following areas changed in 2016 and must be in place by 1 April 2017:
- Every employee MUST have a detailed position description and employment agreement.
- Zero hour contracts are no longer allowed
- Shift cancellation notice has been tightened
- Record keeping processes around compliance with minimum employee standards have come under the spotlight and now have a minimum level of compliance in record keeping, which can be monitored in spot checks. Failure to comply on inspection can result in a spot fine of $1000 per offence – up to a maximum fine of $20,000 per quarter. It’s much cheaper to comply!
- Parental leave has now been extended, with some areas of special requirement where the birth is ‘non standard’. This must now be detailed correctly in all employment contracts.
- Deduction from employee pay has also been tightened
These changes are required to be reflected in all employment contracts by 1 April 2017. If you’ve done nothing toward this yet, or you have started but not completed the project, please give us a call on 09 280 3977 or email me and we will make time to sort this for you.
Also, be aware that there is a small army of inspectors in training right now to be out in the community checking on employers – don’t be made an example of like Matthew Ridge who was employing people without correct employment contracts and for less than minimum wage.
Employment Law changes