The National Government has just given the corporate sector a "get out of jail free card" by putting the charge of corporate manslaughter on the backburner.
Prime Minister John Key has admitted bringing in a charge of corporate manslaughter is unlikely.
So when there are deaths in the workplace and a questionable lack of the accountability from the top - as we so often see - there will be no real way of punishing those responsible.
That's bad news for the loved ones of workers killed on the job, and good news for negligent company directors and senior managers who want to avoid responsibility or even jail time.
The families of the Pike River 29 will tell you New Zealand needs a corporate manslaughter charge. So will the families of those killed in the CTV building collapse.
Both were cases of systemic failures, but nobody has been properly held accountable.
I'm sure the families of the ever-increasing numbers of forestry workers getting killed would say the same.
The public are all for it too - a 3 News-Reid Research poll last year found 74 percent of the public wanted a charge of corporate manslaughter introduced.
The calls for corporate manslaughter arose from the Pike River Royal Commission, but the Government started to go cool on it after the independent advisory group's recommendation on workplace safety came back in April.
Key said yesterday corporate manslaughter hasn't been working in the United Kingdom. And while Judith Collins is making soothing noises about carrying on looking into it, it's clear it has been pretty much dumped.
Yes, corporate manslaughter has its challenges. For instance, prison sentences could scare off good directors.
But often these are foreign-owned, wealthy companies that are walking away with barely a fine.
Yet National has just put corporate manslaughter in the too-hard basket.
So thanks to National, when workers are killed because of negligence - the bosses get a free pass.