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Extra employment protections for security officers come into force

Changes to the Employment Relations Act which provide security officers with additional protections have come into effect.

The changes were announced in December 2020 and came into effect on 1 July 2021.

Part 6A (subpart 1) of the Employment Relations Act provides additional protections for categories of employees who are listed in Schedule 1A of the Act.

This Subpart provides continuity of employment on the same terms and conditions for employees in the event of restructure such as a company being sold or a contract being transferred.

The employment changes give security guards the same employment protections already held by cleaning, catering and some laundry and caretaking workers under the Act when an employer’s business is restructured.

Restructuring when a business is sold or transferred