CEO comment February 2020

20 February 2020

Virginia webIt was great to see so many of you at the employment relations briefings.  If you would like a copy of the presentation, or the paper on the living wage you can find these under other downloads in our member portal.

The recent flooding in Southland, has been particularly devastating for Gore and Mataura residents.  Milford Sound also experienced significant rain, and it is pleasing to see the highway open again, although tourism has been significantly affected.  I take my hat off to these communities who have showed once again what tight knit communities helping each other is all about.  It was pleasing to see the Southern Field Days carry on as usual the following week, overcoming at least on the outside any issues that the community was still facing.  If there is anything we can assist with, please get in touch.

The coronavirus or covid-19 as it is now called is continuing to impact tourism, the hospitality industry, international students and trade.  We have a check-list if you need to manage the coronavirus risk in the workplace.  You can also find links there for the latest updates and developments, pandemic preparedness, travel advice, trade update, immigration advice, and an update on the global situation.  David Browne our Senior Solicitor has some practical recommendations for employers.

We are in direct discussion with Government Ministers and departments through our BusinessNZ networks to communicate business concerns with coronavirus to ensure government policy is able to respond accordingly.  Please let us know if you have any feedback.

If you would like any further assistance our legal team will be able to assist.

Our popular Health & Safety Forum – “Hauora – Health and Wellbeing” is on Thursday 14 May in Dunedin and Friday 15 May in Invercargill.  We will have more details here.

As always feedback is welcome.

Ngā mihi nui \ with kind regards,


Virginia Nicholls | CEO |

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