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Working after hours and on-call: Employer obligations

Tuesday, 15 August 2017  
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Recent changes to include the Availability Provision under the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2016, have highlighted the need for veterinary practices to check their current employment agreements and their provisions of pay for any after hours or on-call requirements.

Under the amendment, any requirement for after hours or on-call work must be included as an ‘availability provision’ in employment agreements. If the provision isn’t in the agreement and agreed to, then your employees can decline the work.

The NZVA sees this as an opportunity for employers and employees to review their current practices and, where necessary, hold proactive conversations about how best to ensure the wellbeing of the business and the staff.

We will be including an article in the September issue of VetScript about the new provision and what employers and employees need to consider.

While the topic may create concern for some, it is much better to be aware of human resource or health and safety related obligations and plan for them rather than being unprepared.

Healthy Practice is a service of the Medical Assurance Society (a NZVA Industry Partner) and a key provider of support and advice for veterinary practices in all things relating to Human Resources. For further information call 0800 800 627.

If you would like to discuss the upcoming article please contact Elise Adams, Head of Business and Support Services 04-495 1148. See the link below for more information regarding the Availability Provision.

Employment Relations Amendment Act 2016 [Availability Provision] http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2016/0009/11.0/DLM6774124.html