Changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000


Upcoming changes to employment legislation are currently going through the parliamentary process. The Employment Relations Amendment Bill 2018 is currently at the Select Committee for review with the public submission process closing on 30 March 2018.

The way in which it was presented by the Government lead Employers to believe that the changes were already in place however, this is not the case. Therefore some Employers have already changed their business practices to accommodate for the change – i.e stopped utilising the 90 Day Trial Period as they believed it was no longer enforceable.

This is not however the case.

Once it has gone through the Select Committee it will then move to a second reading. From there it will then be presented to the Parliament including the completion of the public submission process, for a third reading after which, if passed, it will be handed over to the Governor General for Royal Assent.

We believe the changes will come into force around June or July 2018 at which time it will then be enacted into law.

If you would like further information as to what the upcoming changes are, and how they affect you, please feel free to give us a call.


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