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Employment law changes announced today

Employment law changes announced today
Auckland, July 18, NZPA - The employment law changes announced today are: * The 90-day trial period for new employees will be extended to cover all employers. It was introduced in 2008 for businesses with 19 or fewer workers and the Government says it has been a success.

Employment law changes get mixed reception

Employment law changes get mixed reception
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Auckland, July 18 NZPA - Around 500 trade unionists banged drums and bellowed protests outside the National Party's annual conference today while inside it delegates cheered Prime Minister John Key as he announced sweeping changes to employment law.

Around 500 protest labour law changes at Nats conference

Auckland, July 18 NZPA - A noisy crowd of about 500 unionists this morning gathered outside Auckland's Sky City, the venue for the National Party's annual conference, to protest controversial labour law changes announced by Prime Minister John Key today.

Key announces employment law changes as unions protest

Key announces employment law changes as unions protest
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Auckland, July 18 NZPA - Union members demonstrated outside the National Party's annual conference today as inside it Prime Minister John Key announced changes to employment law.

Goodfellow re-appointed

Goodfellow re-appointed
Auckland, July 18 NZPA - Peter Goodfellow has been re-appointed president of the National Party for another year. A smalll faction within the party lobbied against his re-appointment but more than 600 delegates at its annual conference applauded the announcement today.

Govt has Act Party support for 90-day probation law change

By Peter Wilson of NZPA Auckland, July 17 NZPA - The Government has Act Party support for extending the 90-day employment law to all businesses, but the Maori Party will probably oppose it, Prime Minister John Key says.

Banks makes campaign speech at Nats' conference

Banks makes campaign speech at Nats' conference
Auckland, July 17 NZPA - Auckland Mayor John Banks opened National's annual conference today with a campaign speech -- about himself. Mr Banks is a contender for mayor of the new super city council which will be elected in October.

90-day probation report released

90-day probation report released
Auckland, July 17 NZPA - An evaluation of the 90-day employment probation period has shown that 74 percent of those hired under its terms kept their jobs and continued with their employer when their probation ended.

Goodfellow re-elected to National's board

Goodfellow re-elected to National's board
Auckland, July 17 NZPA - Peter Goodfellow was re-elected to National's board today, which means he will almost certainly be confirmed as president for another year tomorrow.

Economy dominates party conference

Economy dominates party conference
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Auckland, July 17 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English set out the stark facts of New Zealand's economic situation at the National Party's annual conference today.

Unions question survey basis for 90-day changes

Unions question survey basis for 90-day changes
Wellington, July 17 NZPA - Unions upset at moves they see as rolling back workers' rights say research by the Labour Department could have been designed to support Government plans to extend the 90 day employment trial period to all businesses.

Protests tomorrow over "anti-worker" legislation

Protests tomorrow over "anti-worker" legislation
Wellington, July 17 NZPA - Workers angered by moves they see as rolling back their rights intend to protest outside the National Party conference in Auckland tomorrow (Sunday).

Work place access restrictions a broken promise - Goff

Work place access restrictions a broken promise - Goff
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - National will break a pre-election promise if it goes ahead with plans to restrict union access to workplaces, Labour leader Phil Goff says.

NZ attending international climate meeting

NZ attending international climate meeting
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - New Zealand would look for pragmatic solutions to climate change at an international meeting in the Maldives. International Climate Change Negotiations Minister Tim Groser is attending the meeting this weekend.

Spending cut advocate blows three-year budget in one year

Spending cut advocate blows three-year budget in one year
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - A task force calling for extreme cuts to government spending has spent its whole three-year budget to pay its chairman, former National leader Don Brash, in one year.

Prison health care should be moved from Corrections - report

Prison health care should be moved from Corrections - report
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - The Government should consider transferring prison health care out of the Corrections Department and into the health sector, a National Health Committee report into improving the health of prisoners says.

Ministry of Tourism to be part of MED

Ministry of Tourism to be part of MED
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - Making the Tourism Ministry part of the Ministry of Economic Development shows the importance of the industry, Prime Minister John Key says.

90-day hiring law tipped for expansion

90-day hiring law tipped for expansion
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - The Labour Party says it will repeal any moves by the Government to widen the 90-day trial scheme under which workers can be fired without comeback and to reduce union access to workplaces.

12 new group homes to help troubled youth announced

12 new group homes to help troubled youth announced
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - Twelve group homes around the country will be set up to help troubled young people, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announced today when opening such a home in Mangere, South Auckland.

Govt removing workplace safety measures - Labour

Govt removing workplace safety measures  - Labour
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - The Government yesterday launched a forum made up of business leaders and the heads of the Department of Labour and ACC aimed at making work places safer but Labour says the Government is responsible for measures that will do just the opposite.

McCully to attend Afghan conference

McCully to attend Afghan conference
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - Foreign Minister Murray McCully is attending a conference in Afghanistan next week as New Zealand's Government weighs up future commitments to stability in the troubled country. The International Conference on Afghanistan will be held in Kabul on Tuesday.

Government to extend 90-day dismissal law

Government to extend 90-day dismissal law
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - The Government is looking to extend the 90-day trial period scheme to all employers regardless of size, Prime Minister John Key says.

Six boatloads of refugees headed for NZ in past year - Key

Six boatloads of refugees headed for NZ in past year - Key
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - At least six boatloads of asylum seekers have considered heading for New Zealand in the past year, and those who don't believe a ship could one day reach these shores are "deluding themselves", Prime Minister John Key says.

Key supports looking into police gun policy

Key supports looking into police gun policy
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says he supports looking into giving police greater access to firearms, but that won't stop officers being shot at.

National marks mid-point of first term

National marks mid-point of first term
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - The National Party celebrates the mid-point of its first term in office at its annual conference this weekend, riding high in the polls and leading Labour by more than 20 points.

Software patent guidelines rather than law

Software patent guidelines rather than law
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - Guidelines rather than a law change will be used to allow inventions that contain embedded software to be patented, Commerce Minister Simon Power says.

Unions worried about new ACC levy discount scheme

Unions worried about new ACC levy discount scheme
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - Rewarding businesses with good safety records by giving them ACC levy discounts could lead to some of them covering up workplace accidents, unions and the Labour Party say.

Unemployment figures show a worrying trend, Labour says

Unemployment figures show a worrying trend, Labour says
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - The latest unemployment benefit figures are a worrying sign that New Zealand is falling further behind Australia, the Labour Party says.

Educators could "game the system" if funds linked to jobs

Educators could "game the system" if funds linked to jobs
By Matthew Backhouse of NZPA Wellington, July 14 NZPA - Tertiary educators could try to "game the system" if their funding was linked to students getting jobs, Labour says.

ACC changes could encourage accident cover-ups - CTU

ACC changes could encourage accident cover-ups - CTU
Wellington, July 14 NZPA - Discounts on ACC levies for businesses with good safety records will encourage some employers to cover up workplace accidents, opponents say.

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