25 January 2021
We welcome the great news that the Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter will continue to operate until December 31, 2024. This will enable the Southland community more time to plan for the future. We also support the continuing discussions with the Government to address the smelter’s high transmission costs, to ensure it remains viable and competitive over these next four years.
An important Employment Court judgement has been released involving the wage subsidy. The Court has determined the Minimum Wage Act does not apply to employees who were unable to work during lockdown, however the decision may yet be appealed. You can read more here.
As of 1 January 2021, managed isolation and quarantine fees for critical workers (excluding health workers) increased from $3,100 to $5,520. Employers or supporting agencies of critical workers will be liable for these new charges.
The Government is also extending pre-departure testing to passengers arriving in New Zealand from Monday 25 January, except those travelling from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands.
We hope to see many of you at our free member Employment Relations Roadshow which will be travelling around the region from 1 – 4 February 2021. You can find out more here.
As always any feedback is welcome.
Ngā mihi nui \ with kind regards,
Virginia Nicholls | CEO | www.osea.org.nz