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New Minister’s Marlborough Visit

Posted by on 24 January 2018 | 0 Comments

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The new Minister of Workplace Relations, ACC, Immigration, & H&S, Iain Lees-Galloway, met with Marlborough Chamber of Commerce members last week. His stated intention was to let local businesses know that he was listening, wanted transparency and sought open discussion to facilitate a good relationship between the new Labour Government and employers. 

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Avoid Accepting a Resignation in the ‘Heat of the Moment’

Posted by on 23 January 2018 | 0 Comments

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When employees are upset, they may blurt out “I’m leaving!” or something to that effect, which they later regret and want to retract.  It may be tempting for the employer to accept the resignation and then refuse to retract it, particularly where that employee was the subject of performance or behaviour concerns, for example.  However, this may be a very risky approach and could result in a personal grievance for unjustified dismissal.

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Christmas One Liners

Posted by on 15 December 2017 | 0 Comments

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Test Your Knowledge

Posted by on 14 December 2017 | 0 Comments

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Q1. At the last minute, after all Christmas/New Year’s leave for staff was finalised, one of your employees requested annual leave for 27 – 29 December 2017, which you declined. The employee then texts you on the morning of 27 December to say they ate too much Christmas fare and are not well enough to come to work.

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Personal Liability for Employment Breaches

Posted by on 1 December 2017 | 0 Comments

Most business owners, directors, managers and employees are unaware that they can be personally liable for penalties and the payment of legislative entitlements. A person who incites, instigates, aids, or abets any breach of an employment agreement is personally liable for a penalty of $10,000 for each breach.

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No Personal Grievances for High Earners?

Posted by on 1 December 2017 | 0 Comments

A Private Members Bill, ‘The Employment Relations (Allowing Higher Earners to Contract Out of Personal Grievance Provisions) Amendment Bill’, had its second reading in parliament yesterday, although this was interrupted by a number of speeches.

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Free Pop-Up Breakfasts - Blenheim

Posted by on 23 November 2017 | 0 Comments

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The Labour / New Zealand First coalition agreement has already given us a significant increase to the minimum wage by 2020. The coalition parties’ manifestos are an indication of the further changes likely to affect businesses. In addition to the industrial relations changes, the impact of immigration changes and the legalisation of cannabis use (with the impact on health and safety at work) are only two of the other areas that may have an affect. 

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Farm Owner Penalised for Failing to Pay his Farm Manager's Wife

Posted by on 23 November 2017 | 0 Comments

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During the second season Caroline Harrison worked on a casual basis for Dairy Farm owners Arthur and Diane Boyte. She stepped in to do the work of farm manager for six weeks. Her husband Kevin had been employed to do the work but he had a motorbike accident in mid-2016, preventing him from working. The Boytes refused to pay Caroline for the six weeks' work. Not surprisingly a personal grievance was raised.

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Trial Periods Under Threat

Posted by on 16 November 2017 | 0 Comments

Labour’s first 100 day plan includes significant changes to the 90 day trial period. Currently an employee engaged on a trial period is barred from raising a personal grievance for unjustified dismissal, however Labour plans to change this. 

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Employer Owes $2.4 Million To Employees

Posted by on 15 November 2017 | 0 Comments

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In a recent investigation into wage payment irregularities at SOE Landcorp, the Labour Inspector found significant issues. The Inspector determined that over the last seven years Landcorp had been incorrectly calculating the entitlements of approximately 1,400 employees.

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