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Legislation Changes Ahead

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Minimum Wage Increase

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Health and Safety obligations for members of charity or volunteer organisations

Posted by on 31 March 2016 | 0 Comments

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It is important for Board Members or Trustees helping to run a charity or a volunteer organisation to know where their obligations begin and end under the new workplace health and safety law, which comes into effect on Monday 4 April 2016. 

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Home Detention for Workplace Death

Posted by on 30 March 2016 | 0 Comments

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Last week a company Director, Rodney Bishop, of Steelcon Construction Ltd was sentenced to four months home detention after the death of a worker who was buried in a trench that collapsed. The company was also fined $56,000 and ordered to pay $212,320 reparations. 

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Regulations to Support the new Health and Safety at Work Act

Posted by on 30 March 2016 | 0 Comments

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WorkSafe NZ had advised there would be two phases of regulations to support the new H&S at Work Act 2015.  The majority of the first phase of regulations will come into force on 4 April 2016; the same day as the new Act.  They are available on www.legislation.govt.nz.

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Five Areas of Focus to Improve Health & Safety

Posted by on 29 March 2016 | 0 Comments

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The new H&S at Work Act 2015 and associated media coverage has brought a much needed focus onto health and safety in the workplace.  Tragically 29 men died at Pike River to initiate this level of attention. According to WorkSafe NZ an average of 71 people are killed in New Zealand workplaces each year.  Between 2013 and 2015 the ages of those killed in workplaces ranged from 7 months to 81 years. In 2015 alone, there were 3385 serious harm accidents reported. 

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