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Consultations: sexual harassment, surrogacy, and gender/sex self-identification process

June 23, 2022 at 3:44 PM

From the NZFVC 

This story highlights 3 government consultations with closing dates in July 2022. 

Submissions open on bill to extend time to raise a personal grievance for sexual harassment 

The Parliamentary Education and Workforce Committee is asking for submissions on the Employment Relations (Extended Time for Personal Grievance for Sexual Harassment) Amendment Bill. This Member's bill would extend the period of time available to raise a personal grievance involving allegations of sexual harassment from 90 days to 12 months. The purpose of the bill is to allow victims more time to decide whether to raise a grievance with their employer about allegations of sexual harassment. 

The closing date to give feedback is 15 July 2022. 

Submissions open on Improving Arrangements for Surrogacy Bill 

The Parliamentary Health Committee is asking for submissions on the Improving Arrangements for Surrogacy Bill. This Member's bill seeks to simplify surrogacy arrangements, ensure the completeness of birth certificate information, and provide a mechanism for enforcing surrogacy arrangements. According to the Health Committee media release: "At present, the intending parents of a child born through surrogacy do not have any automatic rights. At the time of birth, the child’s legal parents are the surrogate mother and partner, and a formal adoption process is required to complete the arrangement." 

The closing date to give feedback is 20 July 2022. 

Consultation open on key elements of the self-identification process 

In December 2021 the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationship Registration Bill passed, making it easier for New Zealanders to change the sex or gender on their birth certificates. A self-identification process will be developed for transgender, non-binary, takatāpui and intersex people to amend the sex on their New Zealand birth certificate. Te Tari Taiwhenua | the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is now inviting public feedback on key elements of the proposed self-identification process. Suzanne Doig DIA General Manager Policy Group said “The self-identification process will be available from mid-2023 and will replace the Family Court process for amending sex on birth certificates. Your submission will help to ensure the process is inclusive, accessible and easy-to-use.” 

The closing date to give feedback is 25 July 2022. 

Category: Submissions