By MSN NZ Money staff
Sickies could be a thing of the past if the Government’s employment law changes go ahead.
Under current laws staff have to provide their employer with a medical certificate after three consecutive days off work, but changes would mean bosses could demand a certificate after just one day.
Employers would be required to pay the medical fee for the certificate.
Prime Minister John Key formally announced the Government's changes to employment law at the National Party's annual conference over the weekend
But some employment lawyers have said it will swing the balance of power in favour of bosses and make it easier for workers to be dismissed.
The proposed changes include the 90 day-trial for new workers to be extended to all companies, employer consent for unions to have access to workplaces, employers allowed to communicate directly with workers during collective bargaining rather than only through a union and changes to holiday pay, the New Zealand Herald reports.
If employers and employees both agree, a worker will be able to trade the fourth week of holiday leave for cash.
The changes will also allow the Employment Relations Authority to dismiss complaints they believe to be trivial.
The proposed changes have been met with staunch opposition from unions and the Labour and Green parties.