The Employment Relations Act 2000

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To MBIE, I am writing this submission because I find the purpose of work law important, so it is imperative that The Employment Relations Act 2000 (‘ERA’) enables workers to be protected. There is also economic benefits of individuals partaking in society, being productive and contributing socially and economically (Owens & Riley, 2007). Work law helps shape the work place by having devices to resolve disputes between employees and employer, and providing protection for both parties. Purpose of work law The main purpose of work law is protecting employees and employers, as well as stimulating New Zealands economy. Section six of the ERA explains who qualifies as an employee, only if you meet these requirements will you be granted rights. This legislation stipulates the minimum codes employers are required to uphold so that vulnerable people are protected (Rudman, 2015). Alternatively it protects the employer by giving them clear guidelines on how they are to engage in employment engagements which gives them the opportunity to engage in commerce that can result in profit. Labour law is key to a healthy economy, with employers able to profit and employees able to earn a living and spend the money earned helps the economy grow. When analysing s 6 of the ERA, I have identified an issue with the current section I feel should be reviewed. This issue is the classification of employee and the fact that it excludes individual contractors. I suggest that there is an amendment to this section to include an additional category. Evaluation of current law The dominant issue when assessing the New Zealand employment law is the question of employment status. There are significant implications when you are defined as an employee or an independen... ... middle of paper ... ...be provided so it should not deter businesses to hire them. Economic outlook Increase consumer spending with a more stable working environment . It pushes the costs and risks on to the workers rather than the employers by not having protection for contractors. Economically, corporate companies are in a free market, so government should only have a limited input. But to leave one third of New Zealands workers protection against exploitation in the hands of businesses where their only purpose is to make a profit is not right. To conclude, by including an additional category to the Employment Relations Act the law will protect New Zealand workers which is the purpose of work law. Excluding one third of NZ workers was not the intention of work law, it was to protect vulnerable people in the work place. This amendment will better serve New Zealand employment standards.
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