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The Economic Effects of Industrial Relations Systems: A Literature Review
June, 1995
This report reviews recent international research on the economic effects of alternative industrial relations systems. Published in the Department of Labour Occasional Paper series as 1995/1. Simon Chapple and John Savage
An ''''unlucky generation'''' ? The wages of supermarket workers post-ECA
January, 2000
Models of wage bargaining and the effect of negotiating at different levels of centralisation are used to interpret changes in the wage outcomes of supermarket checkout operators from 1987 to 1997. Published in the Labour Market Bulletin, Issue 1999. Peter Conway
Should New Zealand have a WIRS?
April, 1996
This article argues for a comprehensive and integrated Workplace Industrial Relations Survey (WIRS) in New Zealand. Published in the Labour Market Bulletin, Issue 1996:1. Rose Ryan
Evaluation of the Short-Term Impacts of the Employment Relations Act 2000
November, 2003
This is the main Department of Labour report of the Evaluation of the Employment Relations Act. This paper integrates findings of a range of research projects with employers, employees and unions. Tony Waldegrave, Diane Anderson and K Wong
The business case for firm-level work-life balance policies: a review of the literature
January, 2004
This paper reviews the international and New Zealand literature on the business case for adopting work-life balance policies. Philippa Yasbek
Reporting on Workplace Health and Safety and Employment Relations: a stock-take of current practice
January, 2005
The stock-take of New Zealand’s one hundred largest employers showing levels, quality and principles of health and safety and employment relations reporting through annual reports. Frances Butcher and Andrew Stewart-Loughnan
Parental Leave in New Zealand 2005/2006 Evaluation
May, 2007
Conducted by the Department of Labour this evaluation examines the effectiveness of New Zealand’s parental leave legislation. The evaluation explores the decision-making and experiences of working parents before, during and after parental leave. Employers are also asked about their experiences and the evaluation includes feedback from parents ineligible for parental leave. Paul Callister
Parental Leave And Carers Leave: International Provision And Research
May, 2007
Produced by Susan Kell Associates, for the Department of Labour, the report reviews available research and information on the international provision of parental leave and carers’ leave arrangements, as well as any proposed changes for the future.
Susan Kell Associates
Employment Relationship Problems: Costs, Benefits and Choices
August, 2007
This report presents key findings from recent Department of Labour research on employment relationship problems (ERPs), and the processes for resolving them.

The research included surveys of the public and private sectors, and qualitative case studies of individual ERPs.
Bernard Woodhams
Current Trends, Process and Practice in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Review of The Literature
January, 2008
This literature review is focusing on current national and international trends in mediation and dispute resolution and comment on any processes and practices that support professionals in the delivery of quality dispute resolution services, particularly those within a statutory context. Felicity Hutcheson
Work-life balance and flexibility in New Zealand: A snapshot of employee and employer attitudes and experiences in 2008
October, 2008
This report tells us how New Zealanders feel about their work-life balance and identifies trends that are developing over time. This research has tracked successes since 2006 and also provides a benchmark for reviewing the impact of the Employment Relations (Flexible Working Arrangements) Amendment Act 2007, which came into effect in July 2008. Department of Labour
Report of the Public Advisory Group on Restructuring and Redundancy
January, 2008
This Report presents the results of the work of the Public Advisory Group on Restructuring and Redundancy (the Group). The Group was an independent body established to provide independent advice to the Ministers of Labour, Social Development and Employment and Economic Development on the adequacy of redundancy laws and provisions in New Zealand. Restructuring and Redundancy Public Advisory Group
The Effect of the Employment Relations Act 2000 on Collective Bargaining
July, 2009
This research aimed to examine whether the Employment Relations Act has had any significant effect on the coverage and content of collective bargaining. It has been undertaken to inform employment relations policy work in the Department of Labour. Department of Labour
Trial Employment Periods – an evaluation of the first year of operation
July, 2010
This report presents the results of a Department of Labour evaluation of trial employment periods. The evaluation aimed to assess the extent to which employers and employees knew about trial periods, the impacts of trial periods on employers and employees, and employers’ perceptions of the costs of using trial periods relative to benefits. Roopali Johri and L Fawthorpe
The 2008 Rest & Meal Breaks Amendment to the Employment Relations Act 2000 — a snapshot of the impact in the first year
August, 2010
This is ''''moment in time'''' research designed to establish a broad picture of how rest and meal break changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 have been received. Louise Fawthorpe and Roopali Johri
The 2008 Infant Feeding Amendment to the Employment Relations Act 2000 - A snapshot of the impact in the first year
November, 2010
This is ''moment in time'' research designed to establish a broad picture of how the infant feeding amendment to the Employment Relations Act 2000 has been received'' Louise Fawthorpe and Roopali Johri
Contemporary Mediation Practice - Celebrating 100 Years of Employment Mediation
June, 2008
This collection of seven papers highlights the strength, diversity and creativity of contemporary mediation practice in New Zealand and demonstrates that 100 years of tradition has not diminished the vibrancy and utility of mediation as an approach to employment dispute resolution. Department of Labour
Evaluation of support provided by the partnership resource centre to the Kiwirail group of companies and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union
February, 2011
This report describes and assesses the support provided by the Partnership Resource Centre (PRC) to improve the working relationship between the KiwiRail Group of companies and the Rail and Mairitime Transport Union. Heather Nunns, Mathea Roorda and Vicki Wilde
Employers'' perspectives - Part One: Trial periods
May, 2012
This report presents the findings from two studies of employers’ perspectives of the trial period provisions introduced for Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in 2009 and larger employers in 2011. Rosalind Houghton
Case studies on the better use of skills among New Zealand businesses
February, 2013
New Zealand workers are attaining higher levels of education, and investment in industry training has increased. However, more needs to be done in the area of skill utilisation if labour productivity and business performance are to be improved. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Trial periods at a glance
September, 2013
This factsheet provides a summary of information about the use of Trial Periods from both the employee and employer perspective. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment