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Brownlee to announce mining backdown

Brownlee to announce mining backdown
By Peter Wilson and Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee will today announce the Government's biggest backdown since taking office -- plans to mine protected conservation land have been scrapped.

CTU cites cases of unfair dismissal

CTU cites cases of unfair dismissal
Feds pse Q for 0400 Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Unions say more and more cases of unfair dismissal are being reported as people realise the 90-day probation period is going to be extended to cover all workers.

Doctors won't be swamped, Key says

Doctors won't be swamped, Key says
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Concerns doctors will be swamped with requests for sickness certificates because of employment law changes are groundless, the Government believes.

Govt scraps plans to mine conservation land

Govt scraps plans to mine conservation land
By Peter Wilson and Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 19 NZPA - The Government has scrapped plans to mine conservation land in the face of furious public protest, NZPA has confirmed.

Fiji has no reason to defer election -- Key

Fiji has no reason to defer election -- Key
Wellington, July 19 NZPA - Fiji's self-appointed Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has no reason to postpone holding elections in 2014, despite threats to do so, Prime Minister John Key says.

Police have issued 126 on-the-spot safety orders, Power says

Police have issued 126 on-the-spot safety orders, Power says
Wellington, July 19 NZPA - Police have issued 126 on-the-spot safety orders for victims of domestic violence since the law came into force at the beginning of this month, Justice Minister Simon Power said today.

Back down over mining reported

Back down over mining reported
Wellington, July 19 NZPA - The Government is expected to tomorrow announce a back-down on mining in conservation land, in the wake of furious protests.

Key defends law changes against union backlash

Key defends law changes against union backlash
Wellington, July 19 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is defending the Government's employment law changes against a union backlash, saying other countries have probation periods for new workers that are much longer than 90 days.

OI law review likely to be out this week - Key

OI law review likely to be out this week - Key
Wellington, July 19 NZPA - A review of the Overseas Investment Act will be released later this week, Prime Minister John Key says. Last year the Government announced the vast majority of overseas investment applications would no longer need ministerial approval.

Minister says sick leave change not major

Minister says sick leave change not major
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 19 NZPA - Employees should not be worried about getting a medical certificate if they are genuinely unwell, Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson says. "It shouldn't worry any employee who is not trying to pull a sickie," she told NZPA.

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