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Dismissed by Text; Awarded $34,000

Posted by on 21 February 2018 | 0 Comments

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Cherie Elsegood was employed by her cousin, Nikki Connors, Principal for Propellor Property Investments Limited (Propellor) in 2014, where she worked for 3 years, initially as a contractor and then as an employee.  Ms Connors said that Ms Elsegood was generously remunerated, including that she was gifted a VW car.  Ms Elsegood was also offered the use of an apartment free of charge for the first two years, and the rent was then subsidised for the rest of her employment.  She shared the apartment with her cousin, Ms Connors.  Ms Elsegood was allowed to offset business expenses she incurred each month against the rent for the apartment.

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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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Employer Wins the Right to Suspend Worker

Posted by on 29 July 2015 | 0 Comments

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Mr Burns claimed that his suspension from Randwick Meat Company on 21 November 2014 was unjustified.

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Mushroom Harvester Unfairly Dismissed

Posted by on 29 July 2015 | 0 Comments

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A mushroom harvester who was accused of stealing a colleague’s mobile phone, wallet and money cards has won a case of unfair dismissal after his bosses failed to investigate the allegations properly.

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Motueka Restaurant ordered to pay $5K for Facebook Posts

Posted by on 17 June 2015 | 0 Comments

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A Motueka restaurant has been ordered to pay $5000 to its sacked worker after posting Facebook comments calling her a “money hungry b**ch” and saying she was “going to bleed us dry”.

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Employer Win - Restructuring Valid

Posted by on 6 May 2015 | 0 Comments

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A top coach made redundant from Swimming New Zealand after a poor performance at the Commonwealth Games has lost his claim of unjustifiable dismissal.

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Home Detention for Health and Safety Breach

Posted by on 26 April 2015 | 0 Comments

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Although the changes to the Health and Safety in Employment Act1992 are yet to be introduced, a company director has recently been sentenced to home detention for health and safety breaches. This is a first for New Zealand.

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$168k for Privacy Breach

Posted by on 23 March 2015 | 0 Comments

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The Human Rights Tribunal’s decision that NZCU Bayside breached the privacy of their previous employee Karen Hammond was not a surprise. The level of compensation however was staggering. The awarding of $168k compensation, surpassed the previous highest award by an astonishing $128k.

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Employee ordered to pay $1,500

Posted by on 20 March 2015 | 0 Comments

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An employee claiming The Warehouse failed to provide a safe and healthy work environment has been ordered to pay $1500 to the employer.

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'Aggressive' Truckie Wins $13K

Posted by on 17 February 2015 | 0 Comments

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The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has determined that Clayton Cochrane was unjustifiably dismissed as a Driver by Kings Transport and Logistics NZ. Cochrane was awarded over $13,000 in lost wages and compensation.

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