Employment law changes come into effect on 6 May 2019

The Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018 has introduced employment law changes.

Key changes include:

  • reinstating prescribed meal and rest breaks
  • strengthening collective bargaining and union rights
  • restoring protections for vulnerable workers, such as those in the cleaning and catering industries, regardless of the size of their employer
  • limiting 90 day trials to business with few than 20 employees

The first changes took place on 12 December 2018. The second set of changes come into effect on 6 May 2019.

To avoid breaching employment law all employers should familiarise themselves with the changes. Breaches of employment law can lead to huge fines.

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