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Changes to Employment Law | 2019


The reason behind these changes is to “restore key minimum standards and protections for employees including strengthen collective bargaining and union rights in the workplace”.

  • Trial Periods

  • Rest and Meal Breaks

  • Personal Grievances

  • Protection for Vulnerable Workers

  • Collective Bargaining and Unions

  • Make Sure You Comply


From 6 May only small to medium sized employer (fewer than 20 employees) will be able to enter into an agreement with a trial period.  Trial periods entered into before that date will remain enforceable, so long as all the boxes are ticked.

  • A trial period is a written provision in an employment agreement that states for a specific period (not more than 90 days) starting at the beginning of the employee’s employment the employee is to serve a trial period
  • During the trial period the employer may dismiss the employee and the employee is not entitled to bring a personal grievance in respect of the dismissal.

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New Protection for Employees Experiencing Domestic Violence

Aims to enhance legal protections in the workplace for people affected by domestic violence

From 1 April employees affected by Domestic Violence are entitled to request a short term (two months or less) variation to their working arrangements to help them deal with the effects of Domestic Violence. The variation may be around the hours, day or place of work or all of these.  This is in addition to the existing rights employees have to make a flexible working request.

There is also the provision for an employee (employed for 6 months) can take up to 10 days paid domestic violence leave, similar to the existing sick leave and bereavement leave provisions.

Employers should act in good faith for any of the above requests, the person affected by Domestic abuse can raise a dispute if they believe that the employer has unreasonably refused a request.

The Holidays Act provides employees who are affected by domestic violence with a minimum entitlement to paid leave for the purpose of assisting them to deal with the effects of being people affected by domestic violence.



Employment | Parting on good terms

Your rights, obligations and some ideas when leaving a job.  employment law

Under New Zealand employment law there is a duty of good faith between employers and employees.  This requires both employers and employees to be open, honest, responsive and communicative with each other.

We often hear from clients that believe that in New Zealand it is standard practice to give four weeks’ notice of resigning from a job.

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When your boss is a bully


You work for the boss from hell.  She says you’re useless and picks at everything you do.  She throws the F word at you on a regular basis and sometimes even the C bomb.  She blames you when customers complain about the quality of her products and takes the cost of breakages out of your pay.  But you need the job and you know she will bad-mouth you if you apply for other jobs.     

People who behave in this way shouldn’t be employers. They destroy good workers and often destroy good businesses too.     

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Are you a Tenant?

Do you have a phone?

tenant screening houseGet your phone out now and take photos around your house. Take photos of the floor and the ceiling, of the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms. Take photos that show how clean you keep the property and what you do to keep it warm and dry.

Of course, there are some properties where you can’t hold back the damp and the mould. Take photos of this too. Take photos of things that are broken, leaking and substandard.

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Community Law Marlborough Opening Hours

14 Market Street Blenheim

We are open Monday to Friday during the following times: 

  • Monday | Tuesday | Thursday 9.00am - 4.30pm | Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm
  • Late Night Wednesday 9.00am - 7.30pm

Please note the office will be closed from 1:00pm - 1:30pm daily for lunch

We offer our services by way of appointment, phone and email. Drop-ins are welcome depending on availability.
Contact us for more details
(03) 577 9919 or 0800 266 529

Kaikoura Outreach Clinic

We will be in Kaikoura on the 2nd Tuesday of every month between the hours of 10.30am to 3.00pm, or at other times by arrangement.

This clinic is situated at:

Heartlands, Beach Road Kaikoura

We also provide Skype and Zoom appointments between 9.30am - 4.00pm.  If you require a a video appointment call us on 0800 266 529 or you can call Heartlands on 03 909 9292 to arrange a time.

If the matter is urgent call our 0800 266 529 number to speak to a Caseworker.