Because employment law is always evolving, we share our insights, expertise and knowledge on a regular basis and comment in the media.

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April 16, 2024

Hybrid Working – Here to Stay

The COVID-19 pandemic saw us adapt to new ways of working. While the lockdowns and mandates may be a distant memory, there are a significant number of employers that continue to allow, and even encourage, employees to work from home on either a full-time or part-time basis (the hybrid model). A 2021 report by the […]

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March 26, 2024

Public Holiday Refresh – Easter 2024

As we approach the Easter long weekend, it is a good time to reflect and refresh our understanding of obligations and entitlements on public holidays. In this article we review the rights and obligations of employers and employees with a specific focus on the Easter Weekend. Public Holidays In New Zealand there each employee is […]

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March 24, 2024

Dealing with Workplace Burnout

  A 2023 report found that employees in New Zealand were more likely to suffer from workplace burnout than any other country globally (70% versus the global average of 59%).[1] The report, published by global workplace strategy and design experts, Unispace, found that half of the employees surveyed cited workload as the main driver of […]

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March 7, 2024

Women in the Workplace: It’s 2024; where are we at? (International Women’s Day)

8 March 2024 is International Women’s Day. It is a day that celebrates the successes of women, but also reminds us of the work still to go. While New Zealand women have come a long way in paving the way for equal and fair treatment in the workplace; an 8.6% pay gap still exists. In […]

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February 14, 2024

Managing romantic relationships in the workplace – A guide for employers

Romantic relationships in the workplace also known as office romances or workplace romances are common and many successful couples met at work.  However, office romances can often pose unique challenges and potential risks to organisations and its people.  Accordingly, it is crucial for employers to take active steps to navigate through the challenges and risks […]

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November 10, 2023

Artificial Intelligence in the workplace – what employers need to know

Employers are faced with making hundreds of decisions a day – some more complex than others.  In recent times, some employers have turned to Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to help them with these decisions, particularly where they involve the consideration of large amounts of information.  Other employers have used AI to monitor whether employees are […]

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October 27, 2023

Black Door Law Founder named NZ Lawyer Elite Woman 2023

Black Door Law congratulates its Founder, Caroline (Caro) Rieger on being named an Elite Woman 2023 by NZ Lawyer. The team is thrilled to see Caro’s commitment to making the law a safe profession for all and her desire to do law differently being recognised in this way. NZ Lawyer’s annual Elite Women special report celebrates the achievements […]

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October 18, 2023

A Political Football: 90 day Trial periods

Since the introduction of 90 day trial periods by the National government in 2011, the policy has become what many describe as a political football. After the recent 2023 election, many media articles have talked about the “return of 90 day trial periods”  implying they are currently not part of employment law. However, this is […]

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September 18, 2023

Workplace investigations

In our six-part series on bullying, we covered the various rights and obligations that arise when there is bullying in the workplace.  In this article, we focus on workplace investigations as a tool to identify and address behaviours amounting to workplace bullying, as well as harassment, unreasonable behaviour, misconduct and other complaints and concerns that […]

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July 11, 2023

Matariki 2023

14 July 2023 marks the second year that we officially celebrate Matariki in Aotearoa as a public holiday. Matariki is a culturally significant step in our history as it is the first public holiday which recognises and celebrates Te Ao Maōri.  Although it is our newest public holiday, the rights and obligations of employers and […]

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