The Workers’ Rights Act 2019 – Employers’ Preparation Checklist

Update (11.10.2019): The WRA will come into operation on 24 October 2019, except for the provisions relating to the Portable Retirement Gratuity Fund which will become effective on 1 January 2020, and section 126(7)(b) which has not yet been proclaimed.

The Workers’ Rights Act 2019 (“WRA”) will come into operation on a date to be fixed by proclamation. It repeals the current legislation, i.e. the Employment Rights Act Act.

The WRA brings about significant changes. Employers face new financial obligations for which they need to budget. The terms and conditions of employment contracts also need to be reviewed to ensure their compliance with certain new requirements and standards. Employers may further need to review their HR policies and procedures as regards grievances, complaints, disciplinary proceedings, and termination of employments.

In this briefing note, we highlight the main upcoming changes in employment law for which employers need to be prepared. It does not purport to be a comprehensive guide to the WRA, but identifies the following “hot issues” that deserve prompt attention:

  1. Fixed-term contracts
  2. Working hours
  3. Leave benefits
  4. Payment obligations
  5. Treatment of employees
  6. Termination of contracts

Download the briefing note here.