New health and safety laws come into effect in NZ this week. Are you ready?

03 April 2016

If you run a New Zealand business and you have staff on the road travelling for business, then you need to be aware of the new health and safety laws that come into effect tomorrow (Monday April 4th 2016). 

A summary of the changes can be found here on the NZ Government MBIE site. The team at Newshub have also put together a good summary here.

The new legislation mirrors changes that were bought into effect in Australia in 2012/13 which make employers much more responsible for the health and safety of employees wherever they may be working. From a travel perspective the legislation dictates that employers must take a much more active role in controlling and managing where employees are staying, how they are travelling and what they are doing when they are out of the office in order to ensure that they are not placing themselves in harms way. The consequences of not complying with the legislation are extremely serious, with employers found to be in breach facing significant personal fines or even jail time. 

The changes that came into effect in Australia are to a large extent responsible for the very rapid growth in Serko Online in the region. From an employer perspective the first step towards compliance is to know, with absolute certainty, where everyone is staying and how they're travelling, which is exactly what Serko Online does better than any other Online Booking Tool in the region. If you would like to know more about Serko Online and how it can help to reduce your risk of non-compliance then please get in touch.

For more information on the  legislation watch this video:

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