BY Chloe Taylor 06 Mar 2015 Share From today, the long awaited changes to 2000’s Employment Relations Act will be effective. Lawyers at Chapman Tripp outlined the key changes to legislation that employers need to be aware of: • Increased flexibility for rest breaks and meal breaks, requiring employers to provide employees with a "reasonable opportunity" for rest and meal times • Flexible working arrangements extended to all employees rather than only those with caring responsibilities. • Employers able to opt out of bargaining for a multi-employer collective agreement. • Employers able to initiate bargaining at the same time as unions. • "30 day rule" will be repealed, allowing more scope for employers to negotiate individual terms and conditions at the outset. Employers must still advise employees of the existence of the collective agreement and provide contact details for the union. • Most strikes and lockouts to require advance written notice. Most Read Auckland Council's jab mandate deadline to close on Monday Return of the Mac: McDonald's director of people strategy on thriving in a pandemic From the White House to Tech: Chief of staff on how veteran experience helped forge strategy career • Employers able to make partial pay deductions where employees take partial strike action (say work to rule). • Good faith provisions amended to enable an employer to withhold confidential information where disclosing it will result in the unwarranted disclosure of a non-affected person's affairs. • Continuity of employment provisions under allows employers to negotiate the apportionment of service related entitlements. • Employment Relations Authority required to give an oral decision or indication at the end of an investigation meeting and written determinations within three months. You've reached your limit - Register for free now for unlimited access To read the full story, just register for free now - GET STARTED HERE Already subscribed? Log in below LOGIN Remember me Forgot password?