Election employment policies – what the parties are promising
and industrial relations
. HRM takes a look what the parties are proposing.
- Increase paid parental leave by four weeks to a total of 18 weeks as well as extend paid parental leave to seasonal and casual workers, workers with more than one employer, and people who have recently changed jobs;
- Promises to pass the Employment Relations Amendment Bill;
- Invest $30 million in WorkSafe New Zealand to strengthen enforcement and education, employ health and safety inspectors and bring in stronger penalties.
- Increase paid parental leave to 26 weeks;
- Increase the minimum wage to $15 in its first 100 days in government and then to $16.25 by early 2015;
- Remove the 90-day trial law;
- Promises to hold a commission of inquiry into wages and collective bargaining;
- Ensure that all core public service workers are paid at least the Living Wage, and extend this as fiscal conditions permit;
- Abolish Secondary Tax.
- Raise the minimum wage to $17 an hour and a planned review of the use of short- or fixed-term contracts;
- Abolish the ‘starting out wage’ for young people;
- Review and amend employment laws to ensure that casualisation employment practices are fair and just to all parties and work to achieve better job security for individuals now employed on a permanent ‘casual’ basis;
- Allocate sufficient resources so that there is greater emphasis on training (small employers/new entrants to workforce) and WorkSafe NZ inspections
- Raise the minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2017;
- Establish a taskforce to investigate the economic and social effects of a 35-hour working week in New Zealand;
- Supporting employment relations policies that encourage collective bargaining, to ensure transparency of wage setting;
- Reviewing legislation and amending it as needed in order to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities and pay equity.
- Introduce a living wage of $18.80 for all employees;
- Double Māori and Pasifika Trade Training from 3000 to 6000 placements per annum;
- Establish a working party to calculate tax credits for people who make regular contributions to our economy through volunteering, unpaid or community work.
- Introduce a living wage of $18.80 an hour for all employees and index it at 66% of the average wage. Additionally they would repeal youth rates for workers aged 16-17 years;
- Require employers to offer extra hours to existing staff up to 40 hours a week before hiring new staff;
- Abolish the 90 day trial period and double employee entitlements to sick leave;
- Increase paid parental leave to 12 months;
- Make Matariki Day a new public holiday;
- Support changes to employment relations laws to give workers greater bargaining power to negotiate wages and conditions with their employers, including the right to strike
- Increase trial periods up to 12 months;
- Offer workers who are paid more than $100,000 a year the opportunity to opt out of personal grievance provisions;
- Abolish reinstatement as a remedy for unfair dismissal;
- Repeal Part 6A of the ERA which regulates the continuity of employment when there is a transfer of undertakings, such as for cleaning contractors.
- The first $20,000 earned per year would be tax free.
Tomorrow Kiwis will go to the polls and depending on the outcome HR professionals could find themselves having to deal with a few changes when it comes to