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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September 2, 2021

COVID 19 Lockdowns – Should employees be paid if they can’t work? – why the answer is still unclear

On Monday 30 August 2021, Black Door Law’s Director and Principal Lawyer, Caro Rieger, talked with Radio New Zealand’s the Panel.  The subject – Why is there still so much confusion about whether or not employees who cannot work because of the Government’s directives are entitled to be paid during lockdown? Why are we still […]

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August 26, 2021

No Jab – No Job? – COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021

Today (26 August 2021) ‘affected’ people – being people working in managed isolation and quarantine facilities, airports and aircrafts – are required to have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. What this means is that unless they meet the valid exceptions under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 (the vaccination order), […]

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August 19, 2021

Accessing support during Alert Level 4

Once again New Zealand is at Alert Level 4. We have been here before, in many ways it feels like we are returning to “business as usual”.  However, it is not any easier this time around. There is the return of the uncertainty around balancing work and family commitments, looking after our physical and mental […]

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August 1, 2021

Running on Empty – Burnout Series Part 4: Proactively assessing the risk of burnout

From our previous articles you know what burnout is, and you know what causes it, but how do you spot it or the risk of it around you? In this article, we discuss how leaders, employers and employees can spot objective signs of burnout and how employers and leaders can move to address burnout in the workplace.   How […]

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July 22, 2021

Running on Empty – Burnout Series Part 3: Technology, the new way of working and how it feeds into burnout

The power of technology has increased and so has the ability for it to enable work to occupy our personal time and space. This has led to increased stress and risks of burnout. Technology has shaped a new way of working. While many employees have been offered more flexibility as a result of mandatory lockdowns, our […]

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July 8, 2021

Running on Empty – Burnout Series Part 2: Responding to burnout in your workplace

This week we discuss how workplaces with high rates of burnout could be failing to meet their minimum obligations under New Zealand employment law, and the tools available to remedy this. But first, we look at how employers around the world have responded to burnout and discuss whether these are effective strategies to curb a […]

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July 1, 2021

Burnout Series – Part 1: Why employers need to take burnout seriously

In this four-part article series, we will explore the impact of employee burnout on our workplaces and discuss the tools present (or lacking) in New Zealand employment law to address this issue. Each article will examine the key employment law questions which may arise in a workplace where employees are suffering burnout.  We will be […]

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June 21, 2021

Employment law is everywhere

Whether you prefer to get your news fix in print or online, you don’t have to look further than the front page to see that employment law is everywhere. With recent headlines making national news such as: “Flyer beware – the employment implications of overseas travel”, “Can NZ employers take a “no jab, no job […]

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