CEO comment 10 February 2021

10 February 2021

Virginia webIt was wonderful to see so many of you at our Employment Relations Roadshows held last week in Invercargill, Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell, Alexandra, Oamaru and Dunedin.  If you were unable to make it, you can access our Powerpoint presentation in our member portal. We also recorded our briefing, and you can find this here.

In our last newsletter, we discussed the Employment Court’s ruling on Gate Gourmet’s lockdown payments to staff – you can read my opinion piece in the Otago Daily Times.

The Government has announced a new, one-off payment for employers whose employees who cannot work because they are isolating at home awaiting Covid-19 test results.  The $350 payment is a useful and well-targeted addition to measures already in place to support workplaces in the Covid-19 environment.

The Climate Change Commission has released draft recommendations on our national response to obligations under the Paris Agreement, laying out the pathways needed to reach net zero emissions by 2050.  The Commission is visiting Dunedin and Invercargill next week to consult with local businesses – please register here to join us for these free sessions.

You can also watch the BusinessNZ policy update from Kirk Hope which reflects on the Climate Change Commission’s recommendations, and read its press release: Is business prepared for 2050?

BusinessNZ has made a submission on behalf of the BusinessNZ Network to the Education and Workforce Select Committee on the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill.  We do not support the Bill proceeding in the current form.  You can find the submission here.

Export NZ is welcoming the upgrade to New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreement with China, with Executive Director Catherine Beard describing it as an important step for the ongoing relationship with our largest trading partner.  You can read more of her comments here.

As always any feedback is welcome.

Ngā mihi nui \ with kind regards,


Virginia Nicholls | CEO |


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