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2:20 pm, December 9th, 2008 - 22 comments
Categories: national/act government, workers' rights - Tags: 90 day bill, Employment Relations Act, fire at will, probationary periods
National has been working hard to push the idea that its fire at will policy introduces a ‘probationary period’ of employment.
This is not true. The Employment Relations Act already allows for probationary employment periods, it simply requires that workers are given the right to fair process and natural justice.
All National’s proposed legislation would do is remove the right to fair process and natural justice, allowing employers to fire their staff at will during the first 90 days of a new job.
[As an example, the current Stuff.co.nz poll reads “Are you in favour of 90-day probation periods for new employees?” – taken literally even the President of the CTU could vote ‘yes’ on that one.]