The Employment Relations Amendment Bill has now been referred to the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee. Submissions on the Bill are due by 25 July 2013. The Select Committee is then scheduled to report back to Parliament by 5 December 2013. Minister of Labour, Simon Bridges indicated during the first reading of the Bill that he encouraged submissions on the Bill and that he would be watching the Select Committee process with interest.

The Bill includes proposed changes to the law in relation to collective bargaining (including removal of the '30 day rule'), good faith (in respect of information disclosure obligations), rest and meal breaks, flexible working and the transfer of vulnerable employees to a new employer in a restructure.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like assistance with preparing a submission.

Proposed repeal of anti-strikebreaking law

The Employment Relations (Continuity of Labour) Amendment Bill was drawn from the members' bill ballot on Thursday. National Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross' Bill seeks to repeal section 97 of the Employment Relations Act 2000. This anti 'strikebreaking' provision prevents an employer from attempting to mitigate the damaging effects of strike or lockout action by instructing non-striking employees to perform the work of striking employees, or engaging other workers to perform it. We will keep you posted as to progress of this Bill.