New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations (Online)

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 2, 2016

A Bad Day at the Sausage Factory: The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
Those who believe in justice and those who love sausage should never watch either being made.1IntroductionA casual observer of the progress of the Health and Safety Reform Bill may have been surprised by the abrupt fracturing of the cross-party and cross-industry...
Employee-Citizens of the Human Rights State
IntroductionIn New Zealand, we are fortunate to live in a country where human rights are, in the main, taken seriously.1 As citizens, we can enforce a panoply of civil, political, social, economic, and cultural claims against the state and those invested...
Introduction
The third biennial conference of the New Zealand Labour Laws Association was hosted by the Faculty of Law at the Victoria University of Wellington on 27 November 2015. In this issue of the Journal, we continue the tradition developed after the previous...
Labour Law and Human Rights
IntroductionSome view labour law as a subfield of contract law. On this view, the employment relationship must be regulated by principles of contract law because the employment contract is no different to other contracts. Others believe that "labour...
Occupational Health and Safety: Why and How Should Worker Participation Be Enhanced in New Zealand?
IntroductionOccupational health and safety (OHS) law in New Zealand has been in existence since the 19th century.1 Despite such a lengthy presence, the country's work-related injury fatality rate is comparatively one of the worst internationally.2 The...
Privacy Law Reform in New Zealand: Will It Touch the Workplace?
IntroductionThe Privacy Act 1993 is currently in the process of being amended in light of some of the Law Commission's recent review recommendations.1 The short answer to the question posed in the title of this paper is 'probably not'. This would be...
Regulating Work That Kills Us Slowly: The Challenge of Chronic Work-Related Health Problems
IntroductionThe Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) was a response to New Zealand's poor record of occupational health and safety, highlighted in the Report of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Mine Tragedy1 and the Report of the Independent...
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