CEO comment February 2019

21 February 2019

Virginia webMBIE is proposing a new approach to employer-assisted work visas and regional workforce planning.

The immigration proposal aims to ensure work visas issued reflect genuine regional skill shortages. Rachel Simpson from BusinessNZ provides some commentary.  Any feedback on immigration is welcome.

The reform of vocational education by the Education Minister, Chris Hipkins is proposing significant changes in the sector which includes the Otago Polytechnic and SIT. You can read more from the Minister here.  I also have an opinion piece that has appeared in the ODT.  Any feedback on the vocational education proposal is welcome.

The Tax Working Group is reporting back to Government today, and we have some concerns with the taxation of capital gains, you can read more from Kirk Hope who was on this working group here.

We have recently been sharing our ‘Summer Briefing’ across the region, which has included updates in employment law. We have one more briefing in Oamaru next Monday. If you would like a copy of the briefing, please let us know.

Diana Hudson our Managing Solicitor updates us on a number of other proposals sitting at the Working Groups, or those in front of Parliament.

We remain concerned with the fair pay agreements, which set minimum pay and conditions for all workers in an industry. We will continue to monitor this closely on your behalf.

As always feedback is welcome.

 

Virginia Nicholls | CEO | www.osea.org.nz

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