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CLEW, together with the School of Law, recently co-hosted a Webinar ‘Employee, Contractor or Business?’ chaired by Prof Gordon Anderson of the Law School. This Webinar, which attracted around 50 participants from around the world, was intended to provide attendees with a commentary on developments in the United Kingdom spearheaded by the Institute for Employment Rights.
The Employment Relations Authority (Authority) has now dealt with two cases where employers have dismissed employees whose roles are covered, or allegedly covered, by the Vaccinations Order but chose not to be vaccinated. These determinations confirm that the employer, even where the Vaccinations Order applies, must still comply with good faith obligations, ensure a fair process is followed and consider alternatives to dismissal such as redeployment.
Dr Stephen Blumenfeld, Director of CLEW looks at the gender differences in the labour market that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on both women's and men's employment across the globe. Yet, there is growing evidence that, in most parts of the world, women have borne the brunt of the negative labour market impacts of the global pandemic and the ways in which policymakers have responded to the dual health and economic crises it has generated. Moreover, in spite of this country’s successes in the fight against COVID-19 in the first 18 months since the first case was known to have reached its shores, New Zealand is proving to be no exception to this global reality.
Recent research at Victoria University of Wellington (Victoria University) has found that when line managers perceive senior managers to be concerned about the psychosocial safety of employees, line managers lead better, and accordingly there is less bullying, and higher job satisfaction.