Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Government discussion paper on PGs

In case you missed it the government has just released its discussion paper on personal grievances. Submissions due by 24 March - a whole 3 weeks to consider and respond to one of the core areas of employment law!

When I read it in detail I will comment. However even a brief glance over it shows a strong focus on employer concerns with loaded questions that will encourage criticisms of the current law. Interestingly there is virtually no mention of why the PG protection exists or of the problems that employees might face in taking a grievance. Even the basic notion that employees should have a clear right to protection from unjustified and arbitrary actions or other actions that cannot be objectively justified seems to have been overlooked.

The Ministers press statement can be found at the following link which contains a link to the discussion papers http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/submissions+sought+personal+grievances

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