Security Officers – application to amend Schedule 1A

E tū’s application for security officers to be added to the categories of employees that receive continuity of employment protections.

The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety has received an application to amend Schedule 1A of the Employment Relations Act to include security officers.

Read the application [PDF, 239 KB]

Schedule 1A lists the categories of employees that receive the protections of Subpart 1 of Part 6A of the Act. This Subpart provides continuity of employment on the same terms and conditions for employees in the event of restructure from a company being sold or a contract being transferred.

Read more about how Subpart 1 of Part 6A operates on the Employment website(external link)

The Minister has announced he has approved the application

In December 2020, the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Hon Michael Wood announced he has approved the application.

MBIE will now work to prepare the required Order in Council to make the changes to the Employment Relations Act. The change is expected to come into force in mid-2021.

In order to be added to Schedule 1A certain criteria must be met

The Minister may make a recommendation to add security officers to Schedule 1A if he is satisfied that the following criteria are met for security officers. The criteria are:

  • Employees who are employed in a sector in which restructuring of their employer’s business occurs frequently; and
  • Their terms and conditions of employment tend to be undermined by the restructuring of an employer’s business; and
  • the employees have little bargaining power.

MBIE has gathered evidence and provided a report to the Minister on whether the criteria are met. Submissions on MBIE’s report closed in June 2020.

Last updated: 02 February 2021