Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018

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  • Corrections have been made to section 2(a)(v) and the Schedule on 13 December 2018 under section 25(1)(j)(iii) & (v) of the Legislation Act 2012.
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Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018

Public Act
2018 No 53
Date of assent
11 December 2018
see section 2


3Principal Act
4Section 5 amended (Interpretation)
5Section 12 amended (Object of this Part)
6New section 18A inserted (Union delegates entitled to reasonable paid time to represent employees)
18AUnion delegates entitled to reasonable paid time to represent employees
7Section 20 amended (Access to workplaces)
8Section 20A amended (Representative of union must obtain consent to enter workplace)
9Section 21 amended (Conditions relating to access to workplaces)
10Section 25 amended (Penalty for certain acts in relation to entering workplace)
11New section 30A and cross-heading inserted
30AUnion may provide employer with information about role and functions of union to pass on to prospective employees
12Section 31 amended (Object of this Part)
13Section 32 amended (Good faith in bargaining for collective agreement)
14Section 33 replaced (Duty of good faith does not require collective agreement to be concluded)
33Duty of good faith requires parties to conclude collective agreement unless genuine reason not to
15Section 41 amended (When bargaining may be initiated)
16Sections 44A to 44C repealed
17Sections 50K and 50KA and cross-heading repealed
18Section 53 amended (Continuation of collective agreement after specified expiry date)
19Section 54 amended (Form and content of collective agreement)
20New cross-heading above section 60A inserted
21New cross-heading above section 61 inserted
22Section 62 replaced (Employer’s obligations in respect of new employee who is not member of union)
62Terms and conditions for first 30 days of employment of new employee who is not member of union
62AEmployer must share new employee information with union unless employee objects
63Terms and conditions of employment of employee who is not member of union after expiry of 30-day period
23Section 63A amended (Bargaining for individual employment agreement or individual terms and conditions in employment agreement)
24New section 63B and cross-heading inserted
63BAdditional employer obligations when bargaining for terms and conditions of employment under section 62
25New cross-heading above section 65A inserted
26New cross-heading above section 68 inserted
27Section 80 amended (Object of this Part)
28Section 86A amended (Notice of strike)
29Sections 95A to 95H and cross-headings repealed
30Section 100 amended (Jurisdiction of court in relation to injunctions)
31Section 104 amended (Discrimination)
32Section 106 amended (Exceptions in relation to discrimination)
33Section 107 amended (Definition of involvement in activities of union for purposes of section 104)
34Section 119 amended (Presumption in discrimination cases)
35Section 161 amended (Jurisdiction)
36Section 67A replaced (When employment agreement may contain provision for trial period for 90 days or less)
67AWhen employment agreement may contain provision for trial period for 90 days or less
37Section 67B amended (Effect of trial provision under section 67A)
38Section 69A amended (Object of this subpart)
39Section 69B amended (Interpretation)
40Sections 69CA to 69I replaced
69DMeaning of new employer
69EExamples of contracting in, contracting out, and subsequent contracting
69FApplication of this subpart
69FAEmployer’s breach of obligations not to affect employee’s rights and new employer’s obligations
69GNotice of right to make election
69HEmployee bargaining for alternative arrangements
69IEmployee may elect to transfer to new employer
41Section 69OAA repealed (False warranty: exempt employer)
42Section 69OC amended (Disclosure of employee transfer costs information)
43Sections 69ZC to 69ZEB replaced
69ZDEmployee’s entitlement to, and employer’s duty to provide, rest breaks and meal breaks
69ZETiming of rest breaks and meal breaks
69ZEAExemption from requirement to provide rest breaks and meal breaks
69ZEBCompensatory measures
44Section 69ZG amended (Relationship between Part and employment agreements)
45Section 69ZH replaced (Relationship between Part and other enactments)
69ZHRelationship between this Part and other enactments
46Section 5 amended (Interpretation)
47Section 125 replaced (Remedy of reinstatement)
125Reinstatement to be primary remedy
48New section 237A inserted (Amendments to Schedule 1A)
237AAmendments to Schedule 1A
49Schedule 1AA amended
50Consequential amendments to Wages Protection Act 1983
Legislative history
Administrative information

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: