Thursday, 25th January, 2018

The new Government’s employment law bill sees the 90-day trial period retained for small businesses.

Chamber CEO, Michael Barnett, says the retention of the 90 day trial period for small business was good but its effectiveness was dependent on positive business practice by business owners.

The controversial law is only being retained for business with fewer than 20 employees. All employers will still be able to use probationary periods which, unlike 90-day trial periods, do not allow for unjustified dismissal.

Others points mentioned in the bill that is expected to have its first reading before the Government’s 100-day period expires on February 3 include:

  • Guaranteed rest and meal breaks
  • Ability to engage in low-level industrial action without the threat of pay deductions
  • The right to the same conditions as other workers on a collective agreement, if you're a new worker
  • Guaranteed pay and conditions, if you're a vulnerable worker and your employer changes
  • A requirement to include pay rates in collective agreements
  • A requirement for employers to pass on information about unions to prospective employees
  • Greater protections against discrimination on the basis of being a union member
  • Removing the ability of employers to opt out of multi-employer collective agreements

A union will be able to:

  • Reasonably access a workplace to initiate collective bargaining
  • Be given reasonable time in a workplace to conduct its duties


For more information contact Michael Barnett, mobile: 0275 631 150.
Michael Barnett, Chief Executive, Auckland Business Chamber.