Health and safety report due this week
The Government's delayed health and safety reform bill should be reported back to parliament by the end of this week, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse says.
The reforms, promised in the aftermath of the Pike River mine disaster, are the biggest shake-up of New Zealand's workplace health and safety laws in 20 years.
At the end of May the Government gave the select committee considering the bill another six weeks to look at it because small businesses and farmers were concerned about some of its measures.
Mr Woodhouse told reporters today he's "optimistic" the select committee's report will be ready by Friday.
The outstanding issues with the proposed changes were "minor and technical" he said.
Justice Minister Amy Adams last month mooted including a corporate manslaughter charge in the reforms and Mr Woodhouse said he'll be making decisions on that with the National caucus this week.