I had hoped that the employment legislation taking effect today was part of an elaborate April Fools trick. Extending the 90 day trial to all employers was such a ridiculous idea as was the right to request proof of illness within the first three days of sick leave. I know Gerry Brownlee sometimes displays a sense of humour and Anne Tolley's grim visage can sometimes show a hint of a smile, so a witty trick on April the 1st was entirely possible.
I listened carefully for the midday news to hear the public announcement that the changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 was just a clever trick, there was nothing. The Act is real and the crazy changes are now law.