General policy statement
This bill amends the Employment Relations Act 2000 (the principal Act) to insert new Part 6E to provide minimum statutory entitlements for employees in the event of dismissal for redundancy.
The provisions of this bill are based on the recommendations of the Public Advisory Group on Restructuring and Redundancy (the Advisory Group) who reported to the Government in 2008.
The Advisory Group assessed the adequacy of redundancy laws and provisions and recommended options for addressing gaps in and issues with existing laws and policy provisions.
The recommendations of the Advisory Group included consideration of the introduction of a statutory requirement that would provide for redundancy compensation and notice of redundancy termination to the affected employee.
Clause by clause analysis
Clause 1 is the Title clause.
Clause 2 provides for new section 69ZJ of the principal Act to come into force on the day after it receives the Royal assent; the remainder of the new sections inserted into the principal Act come into force 1 year after that date.
Clause 3 amends the principal Act.
Clause 4 inserts a new Part heading and new Part 6E.