Employment Law Changes – 90-day Trial Period

The Government has announced the first stage of a significant overhaul of employment laws. Included in the changes is a ban on the controversial 90-day trial period for larger businesses.

The 90-day trial period, which was introduced by the National Government, gave employers the right to dismiss workers without reason during the first 90 days of their employment.

The planned change will ban 90-day trial periods for any business with 20 or more employees. Small to medium businesses with 19 or fewer employees may still use the 90-day trial period.

Larger businesses will be able to access “probationary periods” which are subject to more controls or restrictions than trial periods. While workers in probationary periods can still be dismissed at the end of the period, employers must have a fair reason for dismissing the employee, which they have communicated to the employee.

The new legislation will have its first reading in Parliament in early February.

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