Health and Safety at Work (Volunteer Associations) Amendment Bill

Health and Safety at Work (Volunteer Associations) Amendment Bill

Member’s Bill

30—1

Explanatory note

General policy statement

Volunteer associations play an important part in New Zealand. There are a range of volunteer associations which employ a limited number of employees, usually for very specific tasks.

This Bill amends the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to allow volunteer associations that employ a person or persons for not greater than 100 hours per week to be excluded from the definition of a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU).

Clause by clause analysis

Clause 1 is the Title clause.

Clause 2 is the commencement clause.

Clause 3 specifies that the Bill amends the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (the principal Act)

Clause 4 amends section 17 of the principal Act to change the definition of volunteer association to include associations which have people in paid employment for the association for no greater than 100 hours per week.

Harete Hipango

Health and Safety at Work (Volunteer Associations) Amendment Bill

Member’s Bill

30—1

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title

This Act is the Health and Safety at Work (Volunteer Associations) Amendment Act 2018.

2 Commencement

This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which this Act receives the Royal assent.

3 Principal Act

This Act amends the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (the principal Act).

4 Section 17 amended (Meaning of PCBU)

Replace section 17(2) with:

(2)

In this section, volunteer association

(a)

means a group of volunteers (whether incorporated or unincorporated) working together for 1 or more community purposes; but

(b)

does not include an association for which any person or persons are employed or engaged to carry out paid work for the association for greater than 100 hours per week.