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Employment law — FPA Repeal Bill awaiting Royal assent

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The Fair Pay Agreements Act Repeal Bill 2023 was introduced and accorded urgency on 12 December 2023, read a first and second time and considered by the committee of the whole House on 13 December (calendar date), and read a third time on 14 December (calendar date). It comes into force on the day after Royal assent.

Once enacted, the Repeal Act will (in summary):

  • repeal the Fair Pay Agreements Act 2022;
  • revoke the Fair Pay Agreements Regulations 2022;
  • reverse the consequential amendments made by the Fair Pay Agreements Act 2022 to the Defence Act 1990, the Employment Relations Act 2000, the Equal Pay Act 1972, the Holidays Act 2003, the Judicial Review Procedure Act 2016 and the Minimum Wage Act 1983;
  • reverse the amendments made to the Employment Court Regulations 2000 by the Employment Court (Fair Pay Agreements) Amendment Regulations 2023, with the exception of the technical amendment to express the figures for Employment Court fees in GST-exclusive form; and
  • reverse the amendments made to the Employment Relations Authority Regulations 2000 by the Employment Relations Authority (Fair Pay Agreements) Amendment Regulations 2023 (and revoke the 2023 Amendment Regulations).

For a full list of the amendments to be made by the Repeal Act, see Pending and Proposed Employment Legislation Changes and (in due course) Employment Law — What’s New in Employment Law (online ed, Thomson Reuters) on Westlaw New Zealand.

By Kevin Leary

Kevin Leary is a Senior Legal Editor in the New Zealand Analytical Law team at Thomson Reuters. He has more than 20 years' experience as an editor of bound books, looseleafs, precedents and their digital equivalents.

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