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How does an employer dismiss an employee when work runs out

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how does an employer dismiss an employee when work runs out and the company scales down in size what are the responsibilities of the employer? thanks Hayden
JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: This is in New Zealand
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: Not as yet no verbal communication or written
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I do not have an employment contract with my employees is this eligible ?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: New Zealand Law
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 9 months ago.
You need to be aware that it is illegal not to have a written contract.
But to lay off staff you need to start a process which starts with a formal letter advising them of possible redundancy, and calling a meeting to discuss this with them and the letter should also ask for comments and suggestions. Then have the meeting where you listen to them. After this you can then decide who should go and then meet with the staff to advise you have listened to the comments, but you now need to give notice that the employment is at an end.

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